Sat 27 Aug 2011
Call to Quarters
SENIOR DIVISION 1
Deck: Cadets Zachary Baize, Jason Pollock, Erik Glaser, Ryan Cardin, Dustin Ernest, James Kaufman, Sandy Walker, Daniel Stuhr, David Mitchell,Nicholas Edwards (Division Commander), Matthew Scalera, and Scott Berardi.
ENGINEERS: Cadets Tybur Reed, Paula Tuziak, Craig Newton(Corp Chief),Leowen John Punzalan
Charles Judge(Corp 2nd), Daniel Nichols, William Sharp and Suzanne Swader
supported: Matthew Toman (Corp 1st)
SENIOR DIVISION 2
Deck: Row 1 Cadets Andrea Rodriguez, Brian Higgins, Cody Gebert, Alexander Markle, Lowell Belany, Alexandre Boudreaux, and Ty Nausid
Row 2 Cadets Curtis Shelton, Brittany Truss, Joseph Faris, and Kirby Alford
Row 3 Cadets Harrison Eide, George Dick, Kamuela Johnson, and Doug Cook
ENGINEERS: Cadets Lee Blume, Kevin Cisneros, and Andrew Staley
Cadets Cassandra Sattler, Aaron Palmietto, John Rowland, Anthony Zogheib,
and Sanfa Conteh
SENIOR DIVISION 3
DECK: Row 1 Cadets Rachel Wright, James Dailey, Lucas Juon, Coleman Rosenberg, Jonathan Barnes, and Daniel Foss.
Row 2 Cadets Matthew Pinhey, Andrew McIntosh, Kevin Thomas and Scott Stock.
ENGINEERS: Cadets Logan Zandbergen, Scott Puckett, and Liam Fisher
Cadets Christopher Shannon, Ryan Zandbergen, Chris Semmler, Bernard Bove, and Dean Prodon
As our training cruise is coming to an end we think of the Seniors. They will be testing for their licenses and going into the “Big World of Work”. Some already have their licenses and may have a job lined up. We wish them all the best. I want to thank them for allowing me to share in their experiences. It was a great cruise.
FRESHMAN DIVISION 1
Deck: Cadets Kyle Castro, Adam Smith, Matt Luis, Kyle Reneau, Michael English, Andrew Wellman, Kevin Wakefield, and Joshua Anchors.
Engineers: Cadets Nolan Schuetz, Kirsten Figueroa, Raul Lopez Rodriguez, Pearson Smith, Jon Erb, Justin Lynch, Moo-jae Koh, Joel Mason and Peter Charbonnet
FRESHMAN DIVISION 2
Deck: Cadets David Hoyt, Donnel Rayhill, Levi White, Benjamin Skeffington, Clayton Livingston, Michael Alario, and Kevin Gilmore.
Engineers: Cadets Matthew Hodgins, Aaron Rotenberg, Loren Andersen, Sasha Barnett, William Akers, Ryan Werking, Ethan McHenry, Andrew Scribner, Lucas Franco, and Andrew Moore.
FRESHMAN DIVISION 3
Deck: Cadets Robert Donnelly, Chad Menefee, Jeremy Williams, Josh Williams, Sam Mason,Gary Schlotterer, Fred Bennerscheidt, Lorri Taylor, Sara Watson, Bradley Kosh, and Milton Legendre.
Engineers: Cadets Joseph Doolittle, Wyatt Matthews, Jeffrey Larsen, Fay Plummer, Bruce Ivan Condez,Edward Farewell, Tyson Noska, Brady Redick, Grant Miladin, and Glenn Fuller.
The Freshman have their first cruise under their belt. They have performed their duties well and have gotten a taste of what ship life is like. This coming year will be more academics and their commercial cruise. I have enjoyed sharing in your experiences on the ship. Thank you.
TEXAS A & M STAFF
Staff: Instructor Herbert Walling, Instructor Karl Haupt, Instructor Gene Ennesser (CMA), Chief Mate Buddy Blackburn, Watch Standing Engineer Larry Splawn, and Assistant Commandant Tammy Lobaugh.
With a large contingent of Texas A & M cadets on this cruise it has been wonderful working with the staff from Texas. I think the staff and cadets blended well with CMA. We also had cadets from Maine Maritime and Massachusetts Maritime. Quite an experience!!
Some of the best of the best….
From Hawaii to Austrailia….from Brisbane to Auckland…..a windswept ride up to American Samoa…and then all the way across the wide Pacific to San Diego…..and now just a few hours away we will be in San Francisco Bay.
Under the skyline of Honolulu…the first morning call to quarters…..
The long trip across the Pacific …a few days out and you really knew just by looking how vast the ocean is.
Saying Good Bye……..
As I write this last piece , I see we are off the San Mateo coastline…getting closer to home by the hour. The weather and sea is as it always is in late summer. Flat seas and fog. The sunshine that California is so famous for is way far inland. Since leaving San Diego, we’ve seen only gray skies.
In a few hours our ship will meet up with the San Francisco pilot boat. The ship will slow and a ritual that has gone on since the days of the sailing clipper ships will happen. We’ll receive our pilot. The exchange between pilot, captain, and crew will be brief and businesslike…..Before the pilot assumes his duties, I suspect there will be a warm welcome mixed in the conversation. Full ahead will be rung up on the telegraph, and our ship will begin its final trek..over the bar and into San Francisco Bay. The city will sit under a sunrise. And the sun will briefly peak out between land and fog.
The course over the bar is straight and true. You can feel the ground swell as it pushes the ship inland toward the bay. It will be the last time we’ll feel an ocean swell under our feet.
If it’s clear enough, we’ll get our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s pretty dramatic, that first look. No matter what kind of voyage…easy or tough, the first glimpse of that bridge always puts a lump in any mariners throat.
It’s good to be home.
Our satellite feed will also end very soon. So its with a little regret that we won’t be able to get some of the last shots.
So this will be the very last of our voyage reports. It’s been a true pleasure doing this. And there are so many of the crew I wish I could thank .
I want to thank Captain Harry Bolton for making that initial phone call. It was a dream come true.
But even dreams do not come easy. And without the help of Cruise 2 Master, Sam Pecota. my work would have been a lot tougher.
Captain Pecota’s patience and guidance those first few frustrating days can not be measured.
And none of this would have been possible with out the sacrifices of Tom Morgan.
Our IT guru Tom, helped tweak our satellite system enough to allow the hundreds of photos to finally reach back home.
And the crew…from the star gazing guidance of Bob Stewart to the patient explanations of ship’s and all that makes them ship’s from Dan Weinstock.
From the Engineers, I relied on the two Cheifs…John Coyle and Bill Davidson. The first assistant Lyle Cook put a different humor to every task…plus dinners with him always had a great story.…and of course my husband Mike.
It takes a lot to go down into that “warm” place. Somehow they made a difficult place ..well,.. kind of “warm and friendly”.…However,from engineers to deck officers , everyone always stopped to explain what their cadets were up to. And how things worked.
And the Cadets…they were the stars….as they always are. There was never a time when I got a frown…from the tedious task of chipping paint…or scrapping up bilges…the cadets always put a lot of spirit and enthusiasm into all their work.
My phrase a while back..”Pride of Ownership” held true. No matter where we went this group of Crew and Cadets was proud of their ship..and most proud of what they do.
Thank you all ..thank you for a voyage of a life time..I will never forget you all