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Castine Current

Photo by Lance Bishop



ur initial cruise plans had us leaving
Charleston, South Carolina and heading
to France, but we were unable to acquire
diplomatic clearance for the training ship there,
so our trip then turned toward Tampa, Florida.
Alumni, led by David Knapp ’86 and Eric
Smith ’88 treated the ship to first-rate service
in port. We were required to extend our stay for
mechanical reasons, and even though the weather
and hospitality were outstanding, all were ready
to head back to sea.
Our next stop was Galveston, Texas, home to
Texas A&M Maritime. This was notable since we
had 20 Texas cadets on board for training, a first
for Maine Maritime Academy.
There were ten, 4/C and 10 2/C doing the
90-day cruise. They were disappointed about not
traveling to France, but seemed quite happy to
see home again. We then left for the 2/C switch in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
With the Cruise B crew aboard, including a
2/C cadet from Mass Maritime, we headed across
the Atlantic to Cobh, Ireland and the National
Maritime College of Ireland. All cadets were

exposed to the training components of fire
suppression, life boat, pool work and rescue
boats at the college. The training was first-
class and all were impressed.
Another European port, Antwerp,
Belgium, provided the cadets a great deal of
history. Many took advantage of the tours to
WWII sites and the old city. Finally heading
home, TS State of Maine made the final
stop in New York City. Docked in the heart
of Manhattan, many took advantage of the
cultural activities that abound in the city that
never sleeps.
The return to Castine was highlighted by the
annual parents cruise. All 2/C parents are invited
to join the ship from Searsport to Castine. More
than 300 parents and friends took advantage of
this awesome opportunity.
Students got a firsthand look at what life at sea
is like. Many memories were made and relation-
ships were forged that will last a lifetime.
“Cruise was a fun, exciting and challenging
experience that always kept me busy and on
my toes,” says 3/C Midn. Trent Lloyd-Rees. “It

provided the opportunity to travel to places I had
never been, experience different cultures and
meet new people.
“The cruise also presented me with opportu-
nities to learn and lead,” he says. “It was a new
challenge to be away from friends and family for
so long, but it’s one I’m excited to face again.”
1/C Midn. Cmdr. Elliot Grindle adds, “The
real-life training we do on board the TS State
of Maine is unparalleled. I enjoyed all aspects
of summer cruise, especially navigating around
Northern Ireland. I’ll always remember the
breathtaking views.”

2016 PORTS

Cruise A
Portsmouth, NH
Charleston, SC
Tampa, Florida
Galveston, Texas

Cruise B
Portsmouth, NH
Cobh, Ireland
Antwerp, Belgium
New York City


he campus community enjoyed a search and
rescue demonstration by a U.S. Coast Guard
helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod and a
47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Rockland on
October 13. Both arrived mid-morning and later
conducted training together in the harbor, includ-
ing demonstration of rescue swimmer capabilities.


Elliot Grindle & Trent Lloyd-Rees at work during the training cruise.

90 DAYS, 17,186 MILES AT SEA

2016 training cruise delivers new and practical experiences

TS State of Maine steaming by the New York City skyline. (Photo by Stanley Konieczko ’05)
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