MMA Training Ship Under Way

SEARSPORT — With engine repairs now completed, the State of Maine finally sailed from Searsport Monday morning, 12 days after leaving Castine and five days after its scheduled arrival at its first port.

The Maine Maritime Academy training vessel first sailed May 6 carrying 205 students and 55 ship’s officers, crew and MMA faculty on the what was supposed to be a 52-day cruise stretching as far south as Puerto Rico and as far north as Newfoundland.

Just hours after sailing, serious engine breakdown forced the ship to turn around off Rockland and head back up Penobscot Bay. The ship anchored off Searsport for a week, then moved to the Sprague Terminal dock on May 13.

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