sea term 2008

Photo of the Week #6

Crow's nest on the T.S. Enterprise

This week’s photo of the week is of our return to Buzzards Bay after Sea Term 2008. Some of the officers and 1/C cadets from the Deck department went up by the crow’s nest on the Enterprise to watch our transit through the Cape Cod Canal. I certainly hope that I get to do this my senior year!

Photo of the Week #2

"Pirate ship" in Aruba

This week’s Photo of the Week is out of my archives from Sea Term 2008. I took this photo while on board a similar vessel doing snorkel tours of various points of interest, including a sunken German freighter.

T.S. Enterprise Transiting the Panama Canal

I found this video, I’m guessing put together by a parent, of the Enterprise going through the Miraflores locks in the Panama Canal on our return trip. I’m pretty sure that I have photographs looking right back at that camera. I’m really glad that somebody recorded these shots, so thank you to whoever posted this!

So Close!

We’re currently about 150 miles from Buzzards Bay, cruising north towards Cape Cod Bay. With about 18 hours until we anchor, everyone’s pretty pumped. The last day of the rotations is over, so tomorrow we just have to take our exams and we’re done! Once we reach Cape Cod Bay we’ll have cell phone service, so I’m sure that most people will be on deck when they have free time making phone calls.

Passing Cape Hatteras, 3 Days to Go

We’re currently about 200 miles off Cape Hatteras, racing along to Cape Cod. This morning was the first time in nearly 6 weeks that we were a little chilly at morning formation, a refreshing reminder of just how close to home we’re getting. The conditions have been a little rough the past couple of days, but everyone’s already adjusted so nobody’s seeming to notice. When I talked to my dad in port he mentioned a scene in U-571 when the Marine officers are in the officer’s mess on the submarine watching the submariners grab plates and cups as they go sliding without even thinking about it, and going about their business.

Steaming Along Towards Home

We’re currently steaming along at about 17 knots due north on our way home. The weather’s still pretty warm, and the ship’s been doing quite a bit of rolling since we left Aruba yesterday. Today is my last day of maintenance for Sea Term 2008, and tomorrow starts the last rotation on cruise. I’ll be starting Deck training, which I’m looking forward to. I have a feeling that everyone will be having a little trouble focusing these last few days.

Last Day in Aruba, One Week to Go!

Lighthouse in Aruba

It’s our last night in Aruba, and it’s been an awesome port! Yesterday we went on a sailing and snorkeling tour with 4/C Buckley’s and Hindemith’s parents, which was fantastic! We saw tons of fish and and other sea life, and even a WWII-era German freighter, though part of me thought it might be superstitiously wrong to check out a sunken ship as somebody living on one. We’ve spent a lot of time at the pristine white sand beaches here, and today my group got jet skis, which was wicked fun!

Hello from Aruba!

I’m sitting on top of One Hold on board the Enterprise looking out to sea as the sun sets over the water, enjoying the warm weather and the awesome breeze. The town is busy with tourists looking to have a good time on a Friday night, and the music from the clubs and restaurants downtown can be heard all the way back at the ship. Division 1 has watch today, so I’ve been on board doing maintenance.

Back at Sea, Two Days to Aruba

This morning we woke up to find the ship rolling and pitching again. We’ve been in seas similar to the ones we encountered off the coast of the Carolinas back in January, so a lot of people have been feeling a little sick. Today was the last day of non-license training for Division 1, so we were in the classrooms in the aft part of the ship all day. Naturally, it magnified the movement of the ship by quite a bit.

Panama Canal Again; SeaWave Situation

It’’s about 1915 and we’’re currently in the Panama Canal, moored in the area between the Miraflores and San Miguel locks. We went through the Miraflores locks around 1100 this morning, and fixed mooring lines around 1230, where we’’ve been since. We should be getting under way again very soon (within the next 30-60 minutes) on our way back to the Atlantic. We’’ve been watching Panamax ships going through the canal all day, from container ships to oil tankers.