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You've probably heard your teacher remind you to, "Count carefully! Check your work!" Well, that exactly what our cadets were doing when they did an inventory of the ship's pyrotechnics.
Inventory on a large ship can be complicated because numbers can easily get mixed up and papers can be lost. Third Mate Arthur Levine gave the daunting assignment of inventorying the lockers to 1/C Jonathan Holdgate (Nantucket, MA), 1/C Ryan Fuller (Forestdale, MA), 3/C O’Keefe, 4/C John Gallagher (Weymouth, MA), and 4/C Jonathan Gould (Needham, MA).
There are two pyrotechnics lockers located on either side of the Bridge. Last Sea Term, the engineering students built a brand new pyrotechnics locker for the starboard side of the Bridge. The lockers contain the pyrotechnics for each lifeboat and the Bridge.
I was confused why the pyrotechnics for each lifeboat weren’t already in the lifeboats, so I asked Mate Levine. “They wanted to make sure cadets wouldn’t set them off but mostly because we wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t lose any pyrotechnics or anything like that. If they ever needed the pyrotechnics, the lifeboat officer could send a cadet to the locker and have them grab the corresponding bucket.”
The five cadets were responsible for inventorying each bucket that belonged to the lifeboat. Inventorying means making sure the right supply of flares and smoke signals are inside the buckets, checking the expiration dates, and checking the lines holding the locker to the deck. The small lockers are tied down to the deck instead of welded for safety reasons. If the locker were to catch on fire, we could cut the lines and throw the entire locker overboard.
The next part of their job was to deal with the faded IMO stickers around the ship. IMO stands for the International Maritime Organization and all the green stickers around the ship are IMO related. If you look around the Kennedy, there are green stickers that are reflective so they can be seen in the dark. These stickers point out things like muster stations, lifeboat areas, and other lifesaving areas.
Mate Levine wanted the group to walk around the ship and take note of what IMO stickers need to be replaced. When I found the group again, the list had grown into over two pages long! If I had to guess, there were at least forty stickers around the ship that needed to be replaced. After a long day of running around the ship, the group guessed that they walked probably close to three miles just going back and forth trying to find all of the stickers!
Sound Powered Phones
It takes about two minutes to get from the stern of the ship to the Bridge, then another two minutes to get back. If the cadet on stern watch had to run to the Bridge every time he noticed something worthy of reporting, he would miss probably half of his watch. Even though cadets love exercise, the ship installed sound powered phones. Unlike regular cellphones, sound powered phones work solely off of vibrations.
The 4/C would pick up the phone, crank the lever three+ times, and hold down the button. To pick whatever location they want to call, they move the dial to reflect whatever location they want to call. So if they wanted to call the steering gear room, they would move the dial to 9. You could compare the sound powered phones to the “cup & string” phones that everyone used to use. The vibrations created through the person speaking, is what carries the message along. There are twelve phones throughout the ship, located on t
the stern, the bridge, the bow, the wheelhouse, Captain Campbell’s room, 1st assistant engineer, the Chief Engineer’s room, the emergency generator room, the auxiliary machine room, the Chief Mate’s room, the CO2 room, and the emergency gear locker. The phones can only call each other, so if you were trying to reach someone else, you’d be out of luck!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a secret welding project. Well today, I finally finished it! What I thought would be a simple job, turned out to actually be very hard. Being new to welding, I’m not very good at it yet. This caused me to overheat the metal and actually burn holes through the metal.
First, I tried to make a boat. It seemed like every time I burned the boat and then repaired it, another five burn marks would appear! The boat never really came together so I tried another project.
Using stick welding may look easy, but in reality it really isn’t. It took me a while to do this but in the end it was worth it.
When the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Coordinator, Nancy Franks, cruised on the Kennedy last week, she told me all of the guesses that were sent in by some of the classrooms. Some of the guesses included things like hooks, a ruler, a strainer or hangers. While they were all good guesses, they were wrong.
I have been working on...a welding mask!
How do you think that Sara did? That's the mask that she made on the right!
Pretty impressive for a first attempt, don't you think? Yea, Sara!
The Fabrication Rates are 1/C Jared Salmon (Salisbury, MA), 1/C Nick Failoa (Auburn, MA), 1/C Matthew Hayden (Newburyport, MA), and 1/C Than Nguyen Dartmouth, MA). Each year the Fabrication Rates make a and this year they decided to let me join in and help them. While they did most of the work, I started the frame for the inside of the mask so we knew what our project would look like when it was done. We also used the frame to test what metals would best work and be malleable enough to use. We used aluminum for the shell and now we just have to add the eye protector and polish it up a little. Then it’ll be ready to be used! I’m proud of myself for helping finish my part of the project even though I wanted to throw it overboard a few times! It was a lot of work, but I think it came together nicely. They did a great job and I’m excited to see what they add to it back at school!
As a thank you to the Texas A&M Cadets for joining us on Sea Term, Captain Rozak and Captain Stevenson arranged for a small ceremony that will be held tonight. Each cadet will be given a certificate of completion and their very own Sea Term ribbon. The Sea Term ribbon is worn by MMA cadets with the successful completion of their first Sea Term.
These cadets from TAMMA have been an asset to the MMA cadets, especially when it comes to Celestial Navigation. Unlike MMA cadets who wear garrison covers with our uniforms, Texas cadets wear baseball hats. One tradition carried out at Texas, is the ability to wear hats from ships that they have sailed on. 1/C Drake Foto explained that once a week at TAMMA, cadets can wear baseball hats with the name of any ship they have sailed on. I bet that the MMA bookstore back on campus will sell out of hats when we get back on Sunday.
HAPPENING ON THE TS KENNEDY...