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Get to know our two beloved mascots during Sea Term 2020!  For seven weeks, Little Buc and Big Buc will educate you and keep you entertained.  They’ll take you behind the scenes aboard the TS Kennedy and introduce to spaces and places that even some cadets miss.  Somehow, these two pirates always know the latest shipboard information – and they’ll be sure to pass it along to you.  You’ll even see Big Buc and Little Buc taking selfies with the cadets and crew.  The adventure begins on Monday, January 6th!  Hang on!  With these two pirates leading the way, it’s sure to be a wild ride.

Ahoy, Followers - As we wrap up Sea Term 2020, I wanted to brag a little bit about the TS Kennedy. As you’ve learned, the TS Kennedy is owned by the United States Marine Administration, known as MARAD and part of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF).  That’s right, Massachusetts Maritime Academy doesn’t own the ship, although Taylor’s Point is considered her homeport.  The RRF is a fleet of government-owned, militarily useful, merchant ships within the National Defense Reserve Fleet which can be operational within 5-10 days. You are probably wondering if the TS Kennedy has ever been called into service by the RRF since coming to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  The answer is, “Yes!” Many of…
  Ahoy, Followers! I am going to wrap up my posts for Sea Term 2020 with… Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! Today’s color is…GRAY!  You might say that gray is a very appropriate color for today.  The weather is chilly, the sky is overcast, and the cadets are busy taking tests and cleaning.  That sounds pretty gray to me!  It was quite easy to find gray items on the ship.  Thank you so much for reading my blogs!  It has been great having you join Giles Hopkins, Big Buc, and me aboard the TS Kennedy.  I look forward to seeing you right back here for Sea Term 2021.  Although I am feeling a little “gray” about having saying good-bye to you…the cadets….and my most-favorite…
Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Well, this is it, my Pilgrim friend!  Our final blog! Giles Hopkins:  I am sad that our blogging time is drawing to an end, but I am excited to get home to start the countdown to the return of Mayflower II from Connecticut to Massachusetts. Little Buc: On Sunday, there will be excitement in the air as the TS Kennedy transits the Cape Cod Canal before arriving at Taylors Point.  Relatives, friends, and Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants will line the banks of the canal with signs and banner.  The pier at Massachusetts Maritime Academy will be…
  Ahoy, Ye Mateys! Yesterday, I went on a search for all of the Watertight Doors on the TS Kennedy.  It was quite a workout, but I found all six of them.   Watertight Doors are special types of doors are placed on the ships to prevent water from flowing from one compartment to another in the event of flooding or accidents. The WTDs are located in areas where the chance of flooding is high.  On the TS Kennedy, there are WTDs located on the Tank Top Deck and the Lower Tween Deck.  I stopped at WTD #5, examined the hand lever, and read all of the warning signs.  A cadet explained that the doors may also be closed on the Bridge or on the Quarterdeck.  On the Bridge, there is a…
  Benjamin Franklin's Gulf Stream Map    Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Well, we’re on our way home!  The Gulf Stream will be helping us out as we head north.  The Gulf Stream is a strong, warm ocean current.  It begins in the Gulf of Mexico and flows around the tip of Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean, and north along the eastern coast of the United States. The Gulf Stream flows extremely fast.  I overheard a cadet say that it about three hundred times faster than the Amazon River!  Now that’s what I call fast.  Depending on the weather, Captain Campbell may navigate the TS Kennedy…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! It’s our Final Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Seven weeks sure have gone by fast!  Thanks to all of the teachers who emailed to let me know how much they enjoyed having an opportunity to incorporate Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience into their language arts and reading lessons. Let’s review our previous eleven idioms.  1.   all hands:  everyone 2.   anchors aweigh: raise the anchor 3.   learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task 4.   pipe down:  be quiet 5.  ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized 6.  tight ship: well-managed 7.  in the same boat: facing a shared problem 8.  batten down the hatches: prepare for a challenging situation…
      Ahoy, Followers! Not only is it Thursday and time for Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy, it is also Valentine’s Day! I am sure that you have already guessed our color of the week.  That’s right, it is RED! I felt like cupid yesterday as I scampered around the ship hunting for anything red.  By now, you have seen hundreds of photographs taken on the ship, so some of these red items may be familiar to you.  Here’s what I discovered… That’s a lot of red!  Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day!  XOXOXO Your Valentine on the TS Kennedy, Little Buc The Engine Room is RED HOT in honor of Valentine's Day! Someone needs to tell the Engine Room that today is Valentine's…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Tomorrow is not only the day that we reach our final port, it’s also Valentine’s Day!  Was Valentine’s Day celebrated in England in the 1600s? Giles Hopkins:  It is highly unlikely that the Pilgrims would have celebrated Valentine’s Day or any holiday except the Sabbath.  I do know that the modern origins of Valentine's Day come from England. Have you ever read Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, Parlement of Foules, written way back in 1382?  For this was on Seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make, Of every kinde, that men thynke…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  You are probably looking forward to exchanging Valentine cards with family members or classmates.  I plan on giving cards to my favorite Valentines; Little Buc, Giles Hopkins, and the man who gets us where we are going - Captain Campbell.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to a special gift that sailors brought back to their loved ones after long voyages at sea.  This intricate masterpiece was called a Sailor’s Valentine.  They were first created between 1830 and 1890.  If you’re thinking that a Sailor’s Valentine was similar to the red and pink cards that you’ll exchange tomorrow, think again!  To create a Sailor’s Valentine at…