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Hello, Followers - You certainly have great memories! I have received six different emails reminding me that I promised to share the story of how my first Sea Term ended. After all this time at sea, I definitely would have forgotten. I already told you that Sea Term 1984 began in the snow and ended in the snow. That wouldn’t be too surprising if we were returning in February as we are in 2020, but the TS Enterprise was coming home to Buzzards Bay in late March, about a week after the first day of spring. As you can imagine, when your son or daughter has been away for over two months, parents, grandparents, and friends are eager for them to return home. Such was the case in 1984 when a…
  Good morning, Followers, Yes, there is a chill in the air!  Cadets are wearing shirts or sweatshirts under their boiler suits.  I have even seen a few cadets break out their woolen watch caps.  I've received a few emails from Followers who anxious to see photos from my family's visit to Tampa.  I will ask my wife Joyce to email a few photo back to campus to be posted along with this log.  I am not sure what she'll choose. Does your teacher have a test scheduled for today?   Back when I was in school, my teachers always seemed to schedule tests and quizzes on Thursdays or Fridays.  If you have a big test today or tomorrow, you have something in common with every cadet aboard the TS…
  Good morning, Followers – Last night, I received an email from LCDR Chris Hooper, from Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida.  Earlier in the day, Chris had flown over the TS Kennedy as we made our way up the coast of Florida.  He included two great photos that are being circulated both here on the ship and back on campus.  Although we’ve had talented photographers take drone footage of our ship departing Buzzards and transiting the Cape Cod Canal, this may be the first time the TS Kennedy has been photographed from the air while she was at sea.  Chris’s email was especially appreciated because he was a 2007 graduate of the Academy.  After seeing the helicopter fly over the ship…
Good morning, Followers – As the TS Kennedy cruises towards Buzzards Bay, I am determined to answer as many student questions as possible.    In a recent email, a high school student asked me to describe the Deck Logbook that is used on the TS Kennedy’s Bridge.  He had heard that all ships are required to maintain a legal and permanent record of a ship’s life and operation, and was curious about what information is written in it. The Deck Log Book is of critical importance.  It is a record of our ship’s movements and activities throughout her voyage.  In any legal proceedings related to the TS Kennedy, it would be the only document accepted as evidence.  The Deck Log Book is a…
Good morning, Followers – The TS Kennedy is homeward bound!  Our next stop will be Taylors Point in Buzzards Bay. Friday was full of surprises.  We were scheduled to pick up the harbor pilot at 0400 for the four-hour passage into the Port Of Tampa.  We anticipated being at the dock by 0800, but Mother Nature had other plans.  The port was closed due to dense fog and all approaching ships were told to anchor in place.  Fortunately, the fog cleared and visibility improved as the morning progressed.  When the pilot boarded the TS Kennedy, we were already about four hours behind schedule.  But that would be just our first delay. Since the ship was returning to the United States after…
    Thursday, February 13, 2020 Good Morning, Followers – Excitement is building as we near our final port.  This week, we are pleased to have two special guests on board Captain Brigid Pavilonis and Mr. Tom Piascik.  Captain Pavilonis is the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She joined the Academy in July after an impressive career at the United States Coast Guard Academy.  During her time on the ship, Captain Pavilonis has been attending classes, talking with cadets, and observing day-to-day shipboard life.  Tom Piascik is the Regional Director of Chartwells Higher Education.  As you know, Chartwells is the company that provides delicious meals for Massachusetts…
  Good morning, Followers – Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets are involved in a wide range of community service projects, both on and off campus.  To point out the importance of making a difference in the lives of others, all 4/C cadets are required to complete ten hours of community service during the academic year.  The volunteering, however, does not stop there.  Throughout their time at the Academy, cadets read at local schools, volunteer at community events, participate in clean-ups at the Cape Cod Canal, help out at charitable races and walks, and serve as big brothers or big sisters to children in need of a positive role model. I know that many classes are collecting cans of…
To register for a tour of the TS Kennedy in Tampa, please click on the link below.  The tours will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00 AM - noon.https://www.maritime.edu/forms/tampa-ship-tours-registration Good morning, Followers - When your family is getting ready to host a birthday party or a holiday celebration, do you offer to do a few extra chores?  When your class is preparing to welcome guests for an Open House or a performance, do you work with your teacher and classmates to get the classroom clean and organized?  Something very similar is happening aboard the TS Kennedy this week. On Saturday evening in Tampa, we will welcome special guests to the TS Kennedy for a…
  Good morning, Followers - The TS Kennedy is bound for Tampa, Florida, our final port of call.  This will be the third visit to Tampa for our ship.   Tampa was the final port of call during Sea Term 2009 and Sea Term 2018.  Although Massachusetts is the TS Kennedy’s homeport, arriving in Florida often feels like “coming home” to all of us.  This is because of the strong ties that Massachusetts Maritime Academy has to the Sunshine State.  Many MMA alumni live there and continue to be generous supporters of the Academy, in spite of the distance between us.  We are also proud to say that many of the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy call Florida home.  Cruising with us are cadets from…
  Good morning, Followers – I am up early preparing this log.  Brisk winds will make docking a little more challenging.  This will be a great learning opportunity for our cadets.  Mariners do not get to choose the weather.  We must be well-prepared for whatever we are faced with.  The crew and I are will pass along the knowledge and skills that we’ve gained throughout our long careers at sea.  The cadets always welcome our sea stories.  I have received a few emails asking if the doors aboard the TS Kennedy are watertight doors or weathertight doors.  Actually, we have both.  Weathertight doors are found on or above the Main Deck.  Their purpose is to keep seawater on the deck from…