CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has announced that Captain Leslie B. Eadie III of Brewer has been selected as the permanent master of the training ship State of Maine.
Eadie most recently served as interim master of the vessel during the college’s annual training cruise to domestic and foreign ports of call. He assumed command of the vessel earlier this week.
In his new position, Eadie will oversee all operations of the vessel, will represent the college to the U.S. Maritime Administration for ongoing ship maintenance and command the vessel while in port and during training cruises. He will also serve as an active faculty member in the college’s William F. Thompson School of Marine Transportation.
“I had the opportunity to sail under Captain Eadie’s command during this year’s training cruise,” said MMA President William J. Brennan. “I am convinced by his extensive experience, steady hand, and personal demeanor that his style of leadership is exceptionally appropriate for this critical post.
“He has a quiet confidence that is coupled with an appreciation for the importance of collaboration in the learning environment. These qualities will enable him to strengthen the bridge between training and operations.”
A seasoned professional mariner with more than 28 years at sea, Eadie has sailed in various capacities with Sun Oil Co., ARCO Marine Inc. and Sabine Transportation Co. While with Sabine, he served as captain of the largest tanker to enter Anchorage, Alaska, and Massawa Inner Harbor, Eritrea. He joined the Maine Maritime Academy faculty nearly six years ago, teaching courses in terrestrial navigation, marine communications, advanced tanker operations and casualty analysis. As a faculty member, he sailed aboard the T/S State of Maine in deck training and senior deck officer positions.
Eadie holds a U.S. Guard license as an unlimited master, and is a 1st Class Pilot for the waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nautical science from Maine Maritime Academy, and an MBA in 2004 from the University of Phoenix.
Eadie and his wife of 35 years, Kathy, have three grown children and one grandson.