CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy cadets and faculty arrived at the Castine Harbor Wednesday.
“This is training for the students who graduate with unlimited license to operate merchant’s vessels and be part of the merchant marine fleet and the commercial fleet of vessels. All kinds of goods and people and all kind of things like that all over the world” said Tristan Walker, Regimental Operations Officer at the Maine Maritime Academy.
There were 224 students who went on a 37-day training voyage to learn the ropes of navigation and engineering at sea.
“I did a lot of navigation, electronic navigation, seamanship things with lines, mainly we were there to teach the freshman,” said Kevin Smith, a recent graduate of Maine Maritime Academy.
Some locations they visited include Port Canaveral, Florida, and New York City. The ship stopped in the Bahamas, Northern Caribbean the up to Castine, Maine.
One proud father said he was hesitant about his son’s voyage at first.
“It’s a little nerve-racking because your son or daughter is on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic and you don’t know exactly where they are, but this is what they signed up to do,” said Jeff Trammel, a parent of a Maine Maritime Academy student.
He said cell phone coverage is weak– so using tracking technology helped them stay in contact.
“We could track them going all through the Mediterranean and the Baltic, so it was fun to see that,” said Trammel.
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