A huge thank you to 4/C Madison Coughlin for checking in with us throughout Sea Term 2018. We are hoping that she will be back to blog for us during Sea Term 2019.
Looking Back At St. Thomas…
Hey guys! We left St. Thomas in the morning yesterday and now we are on our way to Tampa, Florida which will be our last port. I'm definitely looking forward to being home. St. Thomas was a lot of fun, I pretty much spent all my time at the beach.
Friday I had engine watch so I couldn't get off the ship but I had liberty Saturday and Sunday. Both days I went to Coki Beach which wasn't too far from the ship. The water was so nice and the beach wasn't too packed. St. Thomas was nice because we were in a cruise terminal so there were a bunch of shops right near the ship. However, Barbados is still my favorite port.
Yesterday, I was on engine maintenance and my group's morning job assignment was to repair a pipe in one of the holds. In the afternoon my group had to clean and paint the bilge in the AMR. Today for maintenance I had completely different jobs. In the morning I was fixing a toilet in one of the public restrooms- sounds worse than it actually was. Then, this afternoon I was
placed on inventory which was more of a boring job. Even though I'm a decky I'm enjoying engine maintenance because there's so much to learn. Tomorrow I start engine training which should be interesting. I'm not sure what to expect but hopefully I will enjoy these classes and labs but iI'll be sure to tell you guys all about it!
Looking Back At Tampa…
Hey guys! We are finally on our way back home!! Friday morning we arrived at our last port Tampa, FL and the weather was perfect.
I was on maintenance Friday because I didn’t have liberty so on Friday I helped out with mooring lines and I had garbage off load and food on load. That afternoon I was on engine maintenance taking inventory.
In Florida I went to Ybor City which was nice to just walk around and get food so that’s pretty much all I did on Saturday. On Sunday, my friends and me went to Clearwater beach which was great! The water wasn’t that warm but we played some beach volleyball which is always fun. Then yesterday we left Florida at around 0800, on our way back to Buzzards Bay!
This past week was pretty cool because I had engine training. One of the days we made a picture frame out of metal and the other day I did piping and had a safety class. Piping was the best part. We worked with PVC, black iron, and copper pipes. I definitely learned a lot in the lab and I enjoyed all the hands on aspects especially soldering. The third day of class we learned about combustion engines and then had to take one apart and put it back together! It definitely helped to grasp the concept of how the engine actually worked.
This week I’m on utility which, for me, includes inside cleaning and scullery. Hopefully this week goes by quickly because I’m definitely ready to see my family and friends! I can’t believe Sea Term is almost over!