CASTINE — Two weeks after leaving her home waters of Penobscot Bay, the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine completed her trans-Atlantic crossing and arrived safely in the Mediterranean port of Marseille.
The ship sailed from Castine on May 4 to begin the annual training cruise for first- and third-year MMA students, but it didn’t go far. It spent the first night “at sea” anchored off Searsport waiting for some spare parts. One day later, the State of Maine’s voyage really got under way as the ship headed down Penobscot Bay bound for France.
Marseille is the just the first stop on the cruise. After a four-day stay in the French port, the ship is scheduled to take on fuel in the harbor of Gibraltar, then head through the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel bound for the German port of Kiel.
En route, the State of Maine will pass through the Skagerrak, the narrow entry to the Baltic Sea that passes between Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula on one side and the coasts of Norway and Sweden on the other. After four days in Kiel, the ship will navigate the narrow channel again en route to Portsmouth, England.
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