CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine is scheduled to set sail May 3 on a 55-day cruise that will that will include ports in Malta, Italy, Ireland and the United States.
MMA midshipmen are slated to board the ship on Friday, April 29, and will spend four days in port before the planned sailing date.
Under the command of Capt. Les Eady, the ship is scheduled to sail from Castine for Norfolk, Va. From there, State of Maine will head across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean bound for Valetta, capital of the Republic of Malta, an island located about 60 miles south of the island of Sicily.
From Malta, the ship is scheduled to sail for Civitavecchia. Situated on Italy’s west coast and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the city serves as the port for Rome.
After a stay in the Italian port, the State of Maine is scheduled to leave the Mediterranean and sail for Cobh on the south coast of Ireland. From there, the training vessel will sail for Portland, with a planned arrival on June 25.
The ship is scheduled to return to Castine on Saturday, June 26.
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