PHOTO OF THE DAY
Look out belooooooow! Sara talked with a cadet who bravely climbed down this ladder tothe very bottom of the ship. Would YOU do it?
So Close, Yet So Far Away
You know the feeling you get the night before a vacation? The one where you can’t sleep because you’re too excited? I’m pretty sure every cadet onboard is feeling that exact feeling. We just finished our pre-port briefing with Captain Campbell and Captain Rozak so everyone is buzzing with anticipation. Even though we are only a few hours away from St. Thomas, we still have a lot to do in preparation for arrival. The “passport parade” is still on schedule to take place so cadets are scrambling to find where their passports are. Last minute customs forms have been filled out and laundry is being done. We are scheduled to take on the pilot at 0745 so hopefully we arrive on time. In Barbados, we arrived a little late and ran into some problems with taking on the pilot. That resulted in a 2-hour delay so everyone is hopeful that tomorrow will not be a repeat of last week. I speak for everyone when I say that we’re all looking forward to getting off the ship and heading straight to the beach!
Venturing to the Bowthruster
Today adventurous cadets embarked on a journey to the deep depths of the bow thruster. The bow thruster is twenty feet underwater and is the lowest operating piece of machinery. The bow thruster is a propeller on the side of the ship that pushes the ship sideways instead of forward. It is an electric motor but the controllable pitch propeller is a hydraulic system. The controllable pitch propeller means that the motor spins at one constant speed and direction. The blades on the propeller actually move to control the speed and direction. The 3/C engine training class led by Captain Albani took his class all the way down to the bow thruster. They were learning about hydraulic systems and this was a perfect example.
Cadets looked down to get a view of the ship's hydraulic system.
Out of the 12 cadets in the class, only 11 ventured down the fifty-foot. ladder from the main deck. 3/C Megan Sullivan (Hanover, MA) was one of the brave cadets that went to the bowels of the ship to learn how it works. She described it as a confined space meaning there is only one way in and out. She said it was cramped, hot, dark, and an unpleasant place to spend time. They spent only a total of an hour down in the bow thruster and then made their escape back to the land of the living.
Watch how a bowthruster moves pushes the water to move the ship!
Now observe an underwater inspection of a bow thruster.
The 4/C cadets switched their rotations on Monday. That means that the 4/C who were learning about deck switched to engine and vice versa. The purpose of having them switch half way through cruise is to give them a quick peek at how the other major works. It teaches them to respect the other major and learn a little about it. 4/C Chase Artzerounian (Columbia, CT) just switched from deck to engine. I asked him how he felt about the deck side because he is studying Marine Engineering back at MMA.
“There were things I liked but others I didn’t care for. Being on the Bridge at night and looking up at the sky was absolutely beautiful. I also didn’t mind needle gunning even though everyone else hated it. Learning about the Merchant Marine history was very informative and interesting. It was pretty cool to do basic chart plotting because that’s something I’ll never experience that in my career.” Chase said.
A billet card must be in the pocket of every crew member and cadet at all times. The above photo shows both the front and back of Cadet Artzerounian's card.
It seems like he enjoyed his time learning about deck but he was more excited when I asked him about how he is enjoying engine so far. “Some deck classes are not that interesting but every engine class I’ve taken so far, I’ve enjoyed. It’s a very hands-on major and I prefer to learn by doing so it’s a perfect fit. We learned to use different hand tools to create picture frames, practice pipe fitting using PVC pipe, learned how to solder copper pipe."
Click on the video to see the steps that the cadet follow to solder copper pipe!
We also learned about basic engine systems and actually got to take apart and reassemble a 1-cylinder 4-stroke gasoline engine. It reminded me of some of my automotive classes I took back in high school. Also we gave presentations on different types of engineering and maritime disasters and how we could have prevented them. A big topic was safety in the engine room.” He explained.
Chase was very animated while he was talking so I’m sure that he is soaking up every piece of information he can!
HAPPENING ABOARD THE TS KENNEDY
The in-port fire party prepared to get into their suits in preparation for their duties in St. Thomas.