CASTINE - Maine Maritime Academy students set sail today for a two-month training cruise to ports of calls across North America and the Caribbean.
With more than 200 Maine Maritime Academy students aboard, the State of Maine, set sail Thursday, for 60 days at sea.
Friends, family, and fans of the annual cruise, gathered at Castine harbor for the final waves, phone calls, kisses and snap shots.
Robert Barnes' son Matthew is aboard as a sophomore, having recently made a career change.
As an engineering major he'll get to see the ships operations, first hand.
The training is a requirement for students pursuing certain licenses for the US Coast Guard.
And with it, they'll be able to pursue careers at home or abroad.
The ship will will be traveling to ports in Florida, Maryland, Quebec, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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