MMA Ship Jump a longstanding tradition September 2, 2018 on News, Waterfront CASTINE — The annual Ship Jump from the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine got under way at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, with MMA President William Brennan taking the first plunge from the deck into the waters of Castine Harbor. The annual Ship Jump is a longstanding tradition for first-year students. Born out of practical training needs for students entering seagoing careers, the event now serves as a class unification activity and is symbolic of a willingness to embrace the numerous adventures and challenges typical of a Maine Maritime Academy education. The MMA waterfront in Castine was crowded with friends and family members of the Class of 2022 as 275 new students from Maine, New England, and beyond took the jump. The event was recorded and can be viewed at www.mainemaritime.edu.