Good Morning, Followers!
I received several examples of great work from student participants. In the above photo, students were figuring out the capacity of our lifeboats. As you know, safety is our number one priority aboard the TS Kennedy.
I have time to answer a few email that are sitting on my desk. Please know that even if I didn’t get to your question, hearing from you is very much appreciated by not only myself, but all of the crew members who visit my office. Often crew members will ask if they can flip through the pile of emails from followers that are piled on the corner of my desk. They are always impressed that students are thinking so scientifically at such a young age. Because the same question is often asked by a few different followers, it has become impossible to mention any names. I apologize for that.
Do you have a magnetic compass on the Bridge of the TS Kennedy?
Yes and no. Yes, the TS Kennedy does have a magnetic compass, but it is not actually on the Bridge. It is housed outside, above the Bridge. It is reflected down into the bridge using mirrors. This allows the crew member steering the ship to easily read the compass. We cannot have the magnetic compass inside near the other navigational equipment. Simply put, the magnetic force of the compass would interfere with interfere with other magnetic devices on the Bridge.
Is there are way to tell how deep the water is under the ship of the TS Kennedy doesn’t get stuck on a sandbar?
Yes. There is an echo sounder on the Bridge. It measure the depth of the water using sound waves. In the chart room, the depth flashes on a screen. There is also an alarm that sounds if there is fewer than fifteen feet below the keel.
Have you ever had to use the ship’s whistle to signal “man overboard”!
Although I have practiced the drill countless times as a cadet, as a crew member, and as a Captain, I have never worked on a ship that needed to use the “man overboard” signal. I would like to keep it that way. That is one reason that safety is our number one priority on the TS Kennedy.
Sending a Happy Valentine's Day wish out to all of our Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience participants, and especially to my favorite Valentines back in Narragansett, Rhode Island!
Captain Michael J. Campbell