MMA training cruise sets sail

CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine sailed Tuesday on the first of four trans-Atlantic legs of the summer training cruise for freshmen and juniors who are studying to become Coast Guard-licensed Merchant Marine officers.

The first stop after leaving Castine was the anchorage off Sears Island for Coast Guard-reviewed lifeboat and other safety drills. From there, the ship was scheduled to sail for Charleston, S.C., and Cadiz, Spain before returning to Portland to pick up another load of midshipmen for a cruise to Cobh, Ireland, and Norfolk, Va., before returning home.

MMA President William Brennan was on the starboard bridge wing as the ship left Castine Harbor.

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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