After nearly two weeks at sea, the crew is happy to see land again. Currently, we are about 257 nm away from our destination of Lahaina, Maui. Lahaina has some beautiful natural landscapes so people have talked about going diving, surfing, hiking, or even just lounging around on a beach.
Beautiful picture of a pacific sunset taken by Dr. Clemons.
Here is a small collection of photos of a standard day in the engine room. In these photos Engine Cadets are working on daywork teams as well as standing watch.
1/C Deck cadets Keller and Murry talking with 3/C Engine cadets Gantz and Welton.
3/Cs Bowers and Murphy using a dremel tool in the engine room.
Cadet Chief Engineer Yonkman teaching 3/C Welton how to back-flush the RO (Reverse Osmosis) unit while on watch.
Mr. Boland’s daywork team running some electrical wire overhead while in the engine room.
3/Cs Wang and Thomas threading pipe in the machine shop.
3/C Suh and 1/C Horn in the machine shop working on the small components of a valve.
3/Cs Tijerino & Kruschke in EOS.
1/C Tobin stands as watch engineer while 3/C Gantz double checks round sheets.
3/Cs Medeiros & Alexander working on the SSDG (Ship Service Diesel Generator).
3/C Schmidt while on watch completes a Main Engine round.
3/Cs Farley and Neff
Mr. Cook giving hands on instruction in the machine shop to the members of his daywork team.
Deck 1/Cs, Keller & Murry, in EOS observing an engineering watch.
3/C Sadamune checking his round sheet.
3/Cs Anderson and Ofria on watch while in-between rounds.
Working on the DG. 3/C Alexander on top of the SSDG (Ship Service Diesel Generator) and 1/C Sykulski on the deck below.
As of yesterday, we’re about 1500 nm from the Hawaii Islands and the crew is back into the swing of things. The cadets are back on their respective rotations doing day-work, standing watch, and learning in the classroom. We are almost through what is the longest stretch at sea for Cruise 1, and everyone is really stoked to enjoy what Maui has to offer.
A picture of two stowaways that have been seen hanging aboard the ship. Photo taken by Dr. Clemons.
3/Cs in the diesel sim, being taught by 1/C Tobin.
3/Cs in the diesel simulator.
Engineering cadets on classroom rotation.
1/C Lewis tutoring the 3/C cadets for diesels class.
Cadets of the week, 1/C Lewis and 3/C Burger during their classroom rotation.
C/M Finch giving a briefing before a drill.
Cadets prepare to do hazardous spill and enclosed entry drills.
Inspecting the spill response boxes for assorted equipment.
Day Mate Barry and 2nd Mate Wallace prepare the tripod for a demonstration on entering an enclosed space.
Safety drill on the quarter deck.
Morning quarters on the 04 deck.
A deck 1/C cleaning the side of the ship, especially after many birds used the ship as a rest stop.
Deck 3/Cs in Bosun chairs aloft keeping the ship looking good!
Cruising through the pacific!
1/C Long and 3/Cs Sprague and Noronha using a drill to repair part of the incinerator.
3/C Quitevis making his sea bag (which had a really cool design) for cruise.
1/C Tobin traces a circuit from the treadmill in the gym.
3/C Deck cadet aloft painting the port side of the ship.
2/C Schaeffer grinding on the quarter deck.
1/C Carey with 3/Cs Clark and Brown working on electronics on the bridge-wing.
Steaming to Maui
1/Cs Flottman, Kuikhoven, and Wilson doing navigation on the bridge.
Operating the ECDIS
Standing watch on the bridge.
1/C Flottman testing his 3/C on the helm.
1/C Murphy standing watch in EOS
1/C Horn & 3/Cs Rodriguez and Suh
1/Cs Dones and Milligan work on a pipe in the engine room.
I received a couple more pictures from El Salvador:
Walking up to a cascade. Photo by 1/C Ruvalcaba.
Cadets Reynolds, Rider, Tamone, Holt, Cortez, Ruvalcaba, Hernandez, Wang, and Macktal take a picture in front of the cascade. Photo by 1/C Ruvalcaba
A picture of Mr. Elliot, Mr. Ulrich, and Dr. Clemons in front of a beautiful cathedral in El Salvador. Thanks for the submission Dr. Clemons!
Last night we had our second Sunday BBQ. The weather was perfect, and there was plenty of food and fun. We had some delicious hamburgers and hot dogs, while enjoying the cool breeze and warm sunshine. The ship even had it’s own talent show. Some of the performances included a freestyle rap, a small tap dancing band combo, and a ukulele solo. It was very exciting to see our fellow shipmates share their talents. We were all very entertained! Thanks again to the Captain and the Galley Staff for all the hard work that goes into these BBQs! We’re all very appreciative of it!
BBQing on the open ocean! Photo by Carla Jimenez.
1/C Deck Cadets hanging out at the BBQ
3/Cs Kronheim, Anderson, Ofria, and Stott.
3/Cs Curry and Kanehl at the BBQ
1/Cs Clark and Lyons
1/Cs Twisselman and Taylor
3/C Deck cadets lounging on the fantail.
1/Cs Taylor, O’Bryan, Estes, Johnson, and Blue.
3/C Sandvold with 1/Cs Valencia and Franklin
1/Cs Garcia, Largent, and Eastwick
Beautiful day for a BBQ! Photo by Carla Jimenez.
1/Cs Lyons and Maffei
1/Cs Hernandez, Cortez, Macktal, Ortiz, Rider, and Haug.
1/Cs Prose, Fiksdal, Ang, and Tadeo
3/C Suk and 1/Cs Horn and Ginez
3/C cadets Enjoying ice cream on a nice warm evening.
3/Cs Huber, Jasper, and Cook
1/C Anderson, Dawson, Welton, and Pham enjoying the food!
Commandant Monti and Mr. Ulrich at the BBQ with some cadets.
1/C Harmon looking very patriotic
1/C Lyons and Captain Bolton. Thanks to Captain for grilling some great food!
Everyone waiting in line for the ice cream sundae bar!
3/Cs Barker and Kruschke
3/C Pugliese and Schmidt along with 1/C Karabeika
Cadet Medeiros and Suh on CC duty.
3/Cs spending time with each other at the BBQ
Chief Steward Gil with Cooks Rod and Davis grillin’ up burgers and hot dogs! Thanks guys!
1/Cs Lyons and O’Bryan
Hanging out with friends on the fantail.
1/C Deck cadets hanging out with friends!
Happy Birthday to 1/C Carey!
1/C engineering cadets lounging around.
1/C Mullaney along with 3/Cs Amiot, Walker, and Burger enjoy the BBQ.
1/Cs Baumer, Lewis, and Lyons
Hot coals after a great evening of BBQing
Great turnout at the talent show!
A band consisting of Kelly from the Galley Staff and 1/Cs Hernandez and Long, played (and tap danced!) House of the Rising Sun.
Lots of talent on the ship!
1/C Lamb stealing the show with his freestyle rap about cruise.
1/C Eastwick jamming on the ukulele at the Talent Show!
The sun sets on the ship after another great day!
From those aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, we’d like to wish the mother’s out there a very happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for the love, support, and guidance you have given us. We would not be here today without it. Have a wonderful day!
Everyone working on their Mother’s Day cards!
1/C’s being creative with their Mother’s Day cards!
1/C Rider wishes she could be with her mom this Mother’s Day!
3/C Moreno wishes Mom, everyone’s favorite baker, a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Tamone wants to wish his mom a very wonderful Mother’s Day!
1/C Kelly would like to wish his mother a very great Mother’s Day!
1/C Franklin wishes a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Valencia would like to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Carey would like to wish his mom a very wonderful Mother’s Day!
1/C Upton wishes his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Dones wants to wish her mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Beirold wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Fleming wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Hom-Weaver wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C O’Bryan wishes her mother a Happy Mothers Day.
3/C Mello wishes her mom a Happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Flottman wishes his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Davis sends his best to his mom on Mother’s Day!
3/C Van der Schoot sends her love on Mother’s Day!
1/C Murphy wishes his mother a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Fiksdal sends his best to his mother on Mother’s Day!
3/C Garcia sends his mom a very Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Kanehl wishes her mom a happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Vartanian wishes his mother a happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Curry wishes her mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Hunt wishes his mother a very Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Tucker sends her mom love on Mother’s Day!
3/C Carter was on watch, but still wanted to make sure he sent his love to his mom on Mother’s Day!
3/C Bernardis wishes her mom a Buona festa della Mamma!
1/C Lyons wishes his mom a very Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Alexander wishes his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Taylor wishes his Mama a very Happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Sykulski wishes his Mom a very Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Paltrineri wishes his mom a Happy Mother’s Day, as well as promises to do the dishes when he gets home.
1/C Martineau wishes his mom a Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Bowers sends his best to his mom on Mother’s Day!
3/C Baker sends his best to his Mom on Mother’s Day!
1/C Hernandez sends his love to his mom on Mother’s Day!
3/C Tillion wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Halstead sends his love to his mom on Mother’s Day!
Ship counselor Mr. Ulrich wants to wish his mother a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Lewis sends his love to his mom on Mother’s Day!
3/C Kruschke wishes her mother both a Happy Mother’s day and a very Happy Birthday!
3/C Barker says Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Quitevis wanted to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day
1/C Wilson wishes his mom a happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Kuikhoven wanted to wish his mom a very Happy Mother’s Day
1/Cs made beautiful signs for their mom’s on Mother’s Day!
3/C Hoffman wanted to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day, as well as wish Dan a very Happy Birthday.
1/C Harmon wanted to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s day!
1/C Krueger wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s day!
3/C Garifi wants to wish his mom a very Happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Kraus wants to wish his mother a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Patrick wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Gonzalez wishes her mother feliz dia de las madres!
3/C Comerford wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Miramontes wishes his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Langdon wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Croeni wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Monhollon wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Cano wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Costa wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Weik wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
3/C Moreno wishes Mom, everyone’s favorite baker, a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Sokach wishes his momma a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Yonkman wishes he was sharing a nice cup of coffee with his mom this Mother’s day!
1/C Ginez wants to wish his mom a very Happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Murry sends her love to her mom this Mother’s Day!
1/C Clark wants to wish his mom a very happy Mother’s Day!
1/C Ketenjian wishes his mother feliz dia de las madres!
1/C Maffei would like to wish his mom a very wonderful Mother’s Day!
After a good stay in El Salvador, the ship is back at sea destined for the Hawaiian Islands. Rotations are back in swing with cadets on day-work, on watch, and in the classroom.
Two deck cadets on daywork repaint the fantail.
3/C Carter is prepared to paint.
Day Mate Barry welds a new latch.
1/C Truong and 3/C Paltrineri clean out an air filter.
Cadets from 3D along with Day Mate Barry and Chief Mate Finch conduct a safety brief after daywork.
3D 1/Cs at the safety debrief after a long day of daywork.
3/Cs Mello and Gonzalez along with 1/Cs Long and Rodriguez work on constructing a new shelf in a room on the boiler flat.
Corps Commander Ketenjian and 3/Cs Jasper, Baker, Fellows on the bow during daywork.
1/C Dones and 3/C Pugliese stay “cool” while outside.
The daywork team running the incinerator and enjoying the sunshine.
1/C Jensen excited to relax and eat cup of noodle after a long day of studying.
During our stay in El Salvador, there were several tours available for the crew to take and see different aspects of the country. One of the tours took a group into the mountains to see several small villages, cascades, and a coffee plantation. In the village, there were markets to buy food and small souvenirs. There were a lot of small handcrafted goods made from local materials. At the cascade, there were small pools to take a dip in. The water was extremely refreshing and a great way to cool off midday. Finally at the coffee plantation, the group saw the way coffee is processed from cherry to finished product, which the group bought several pounds of. Definitely a great way to experience Salvadorean culture and see some of the beautiful countryside!
A view of a restaurant in the first small mountain town we visited along our tour.
1/C Ginez and Yonkman walk around a local Sunday market.
1/Cs Tobin and Clark explore a local food market in the first small town during the mountain tour.
This church was built sometime in the 1600s. It is still used to this day, and they were holding Sunday Mass during our visit.
Walking to a cascade, a local weekend getaway spot.
Swimming in the cascade is a local favorite!
Swimming in the small pools of fresh mountain water was incredibly refreshing!
The vibrant green jungle of El Salvador.
The entrance to the coffee plantation in Ataco.
Cafe Ataco not only exports much of their coffee to the USA but they also provide gourmet coffee for local Salvadoreans.
These were the holding pits for coffee cherries when they first come into the processing plant.
These machines strip the coffee cherries away leaving the beans.
A lot of different machinery goes into making gourmet coffee! All this equipment dates back to the 1930s!
The group of 1/Cs on the coffee tour.
A panorama view of the coffee plantation, the jungle, and the drying patios where the coffee dries naturally. On these patios, the coffee is separated by batch, and then dried by the sun in order to provide a superior flavor.
This boiler from the 1930s was made in New York. It is fueled by part of the husk of the coffee bean that is stripped away in the process. It still powers much of the equipment for the coffee plantation, as well as assists in drying lower quality beans that do not dry on the patios.
After drying, the beans then wait in a warehouse for anywhere up to several months to reach the optimum quality.
This 100lb bag of coffee is destined for Oakland California!
This machine behind 1/C Murphy sorts the coffee beans by size to maximize optimum quality.
The traditional coffee machine!
1/C Lewis and our guide Francisco watch as our coffee tour guide, Hector, prepares to brew a pot of coffee the traditional way.
Viola! A truly fresh pot of coffee!