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Fare thee well on the high seas

The Maine Maritime Academy T/V State of Maine prepares to depart on its annual training cruise on May 8. Families, friends and well-wishers filled the MMA waterfront to bid the over 300 cadets, officers and crew farewell on their 70-day voyage to Europe. Ports of call include Barcelona, Spain; Oslo, Norway; Portsmouth, England; and Tallin, Estonia.

At the dock

At the dock

The T/V State of Maine and its crowd of well wishers found fine weather on cruise departure day.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Don’t count the days

Don’t count the days

The crowd seeing off the T/V State of Maine waits under sunny skies. Many came prepared with folding chairs and signs, while Maine Maritime Academy offered beverages during the send off.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Lining the decks

Lining the decks

Maine Maritime Academy cadets line the decks of the T/V State of Maine before its departure.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Well wishers

Well wishers

Many well wishers watched from the upper pavilion of Payson Hall.

Photo by Anne Berleant