Great Lakes Maritime Academy Cadets Pause In Sturgeon Bay
6/27/2013 4:30:00 PM
By Megan Roltgen
Motorists crossing the Oregon Street bridge Thursday couldn't miss the 244-foot former Navy surveillance ship docked at Graham Park.
A crew of 46 cadets and 11 officers from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich. is on its way home after a six week spring cruise. The ship's bosun, Richard Gray, just finished his fourth year at the academy and says the cruises serve as sort of an internship for the cadets.
T/S State of Michigan's bosun Richard Gray explains how the charts help crew members navigate the 244-foot ship. Gray will study for one more year at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy before heading into the real world of shipping. Currently he says it's not too difficult to find work on the open water.
The ship goes out every summer to give the academy students the opportunity to practice what they've learned in the classroom. Gray explains the importance of hands-on experience.
Due back in Traverse City at 0800 hours Friday, the T/S State of Michigan left Sturgeon Bay Thursday evening.
These cadets take some time to fill out their logs on the T/S State of Michigan Thursday while it was docked at Graham Park in Sturgeon Bay. From left to right are Tim Lucas, Brian Shepherd and Alex Kernosky (first-year cadets) and Bryan McDonough a fourth-year cadet.