Monday, January 13, 2014

Bon Voyage Land Lubbers!

After yesterday's hectic start reveille came early this morning at 0430, and was then followed by a muster at 0500. This muster, called a final sailing muster ensures all hands are on board prior to departure. Once completed the upper class deck students were called to their mooring stations, and the upper class engine students reported to the engine room for maneuvering. At exactly 0637 the T.S. Kennedy departed Buzzards Bay en route to Norfolk, Virginia for bunkering.

As the Kennedy preformed its maneuvers into the canal the cadets manned the starboard side rails of the ship to bid their final farewells to family and friends. Once we were “underway" the cadets preformed maintenance throughout the day allowing them to regain their energy to begin our training, maintenance, and watch cycles today.

Full speed ahead, next stop Norfolk Virginia for bunkering.

Definitions of The Day:
Muster-to take attendance.
Bunkering-fueling the ship.
Starboard-the right side of the ship
Port-the left side of the ship
Underway-is the time the ship is no longer docked and is actually moving.

Math Monday Classroom Activities 

This hands-on activity gives instructions to make a half hour glass that measures time just like on a naval vessel in 1812.
Sailors Telling Time: Half Hour Glass

Chart Your Idle Away: A 24-Hour Day
Using graph paper, create a chart to log your 24-hour routine. Be sure to include free time, with at least 3 ideas of what you like to do for fun. Do your fun activities include something the average Constitution sailor couldn't do like playing video games or talking on the phone? Brainstorm and reflect: what else could you do with that free time? What are the differences between a sailor's life and your own? Using the sailor's Daily Routine Chart compare and contrast them on a simple table, noting the amount of hours (and convert to percentages!) of sleep, chores, school, and leisure time.

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