CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy students, officers and crew will visit ports on the Atlantic coast, Puerto Rico and Canada this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call.
Under the command of Capt. Larry Wade, the training ship, State of Maine, is scheduled to begin departure operations at 10 a.m., and to sail from Castine Harbor at approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, May 6. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes: Key West, Fla., May 13-16; Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 27-28; San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 29-June 1; St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 12-15; and Baltimore, Md., June 21-24.
The ship is scheduled to make a brief stop in Rockland for a family day sail on the final leg of the cruise with a scheduled arrival in Castine on Saturday June 27. The training cruise will commence in port on Friday, May 1, with pre-sailing preparation.
“Follow the Voyage,” MMA’s annual interactive Web site, will be coordinated by students and staff as part of this year’s training activities. The site covers the Academy’s annual training cruise from a variety of perspectives. In addition to an interactive tracking chart of the cruise, the site provides links devoted to teaching and educational materials for students of all ages. Once the ship is underway, the site will be accessible through a link at www.mma.edu.