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CASTINE, Maine – The Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) Training Ship State of Maine will make a stopover in Eastport, Maine on Saturday, June 29,2013. While the ship is in port, MMA students will escort visitors on tours of the 500-foot, 16,000-ton training vessel. Tours will leave from the ship’s deck every 15 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. Due to shipboard security, visitors will be subject to search and will not be permitted to bring handbags, purses, backpacks, or carry anything other than cameras, which are encouraged.
The State of Maine visit to Eastport is made possible by the Eastport Port Authority, Captain Robert J. Peacock II (MMA Board of Trustees Chair and Alumnus) and Captain Gerald Morrison (MMA Alumnus), the July 4th Committee, the Town of Eastport, the Eastport Chamber of Commerce/Passenger Ship Committee and Federal Marine Terminals.
The July 4th Committee and the Eastport Fire Department will invite the State of Maine students and crew to compete in a Fireman’s Muster at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday on Water Street in Eastport to include teams from the Eastport Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and Pleasant Point Fire Department. All are invited to observe the spectacle.
The State of Maine will set sail Saturday in the late afternoon toward Searsport, and on to its homeport of Castine, to arrive on Sunday, June 30. Under the command of Captain Leslie B. Eadie, III, Master, the training cruise departed Castine on May 9th with more than 200 students, officers, and crew to visit Canadian, U.S., and Caribbean ports as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise. This year’s training cruise itinerary included Tampa, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Baltimore, Maryland; Quebec, Canada; Eastport and Searsport, Maine. Friends, family, and fans of the cruise have been following the ship’s journey through the cruise Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mainemaritimecruise), and the cruise blog at cruise.mainemaritime.edu.
Students pursuing an officer’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard as a third mate or third assistant engineer are required to train at sea for at least 60 days in each of their first three years at the Academy. Freshmen and juniors sail aboard the MMA vessel while sophomores are assigned to merchant ships worldwide. In recent years, MMA training cruises have taken students to Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Belgium, Curaçao, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Russia, and Spain, as well as other European and Caribbean countries.
The Training Ship State of Maine was originally commissioned as the USNS Tanner and served as a Navy oceanographic research vessel before being converted in 1997 to accommodate the training needs of the college. The fourth vessel to bear the name State of Maine, the ship is a modern, technologically advanced training vessel.
Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.