Sea Term 2018 has come to an end. The TS Kennedy is docked at Taylor's Point and I am typing my final Captain's Log at home, surrounded by my family.
After viewing hundreds of photographs of the TS Kennedy during Sea Term 2018, I thought that you would like to see our ship from the air. The above drone video was shot while we were in Cape Cod Bay on Saturday, February 24th. Thank you to local photographer, Ryan Smith, for sharing it with me. The link below will take you to some additional photos of our return to Buzzards Bay. They are the work of photographer, Nelson Brace.
In spite of yesterday's raw, rainy weather, hundreds of friends, family members, and Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience participants turned out to provide a warm welcome to the cadets and crew. As the TS Kennedy passed under the Railroad Bridge, cheering filled the air. We couldn't help but smile when the homemade signs and colorful umbrellas came into view.
The people I was most excited to see were standing under these three umbrellas - my youngest children. They were waiting to see "Daddy's ship".
Today, there is work to be done back aboard the ship. We call it Offload Day. There are supplies that need to be taken off the TS Kennedy before she heads to drydock in Boston later in the week.
I am proud of our cadets, our crew, our ship - and you, our students. Thank you for being a part of Sea Term 2018. Knowing that 10,000 K-12 students were participating in Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience inspired all of aboard the TS Kennedy to stand taller and work harder.
I look forward to welcoming you back aboard the TS Kennedy next January for Sea Term 2019.
Until then, work hard and dream big! Perhaps you will be one of my cadets in the future.
Captain Michael J. Campbell