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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 1, 2014
Bon Voyage to Maine Maritime Academy’s 2014 Training Cruise

T/S State of Maine will say ‘Bon Voyage’

The 500 foot, 16,000 ton T/S State of Maine departs from the Maine Maritime Academy dock into the Castine Harbor in 2013. This year, the “big ship” departs on May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Download the Bon Voyage page here.

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Download the Bon Voyage page here.

Two hundred and forty-four Maine Maritime Academy students and 15 officers will depart Castine on Wednesday, May 7, on the training ship State of Maine for the annual training evolution to foreign and domestic ports of call. A staff and crew of 30 will also be on board.

This year’s training cruise itinerary includes stops in Trieste, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; Kiel, Germany; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Searsport, according to a news release from the academy.

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 68 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.

Under the command of Captain Leslie B. Eadie III, master of the State of Maine, the training cruise will commence in port on Friday, May 2, for pre-sailing preparation. Captain Eadie, of Brewer, a 1976 graduate of the academy, assumed command of the vessel in 2012.

Well-wishers are welcomed and encouraged to view the vessel departure and return from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront or via web stream at

The training ship will return to its homeport of Castine on Monday, July 7. Training cruise activities will continue in port through July 9.