By Matthew Smith

My First Marine Internship Interview


When I first sat down with Internship Coordinator Estefany Carmona, I was very nervous but I felt quiet prepared. I knew I was very hard working and I felt this job was meant to be mine. I gathered all the information nesscessary and I felt as if nothing could go wrong. When I finally met with her, I was asked questions that I never thought were gonna mean something to someone. She asked me about what I do in my classroom and what I took away from it. I wish I had prepared for her questions ahead of time. For example, she asked me what was a strength and a weakness of mine. I felt as if my interview went really well and it couldn’t have gone any better.

My First Tugboat Bridge Simulator


My first time using this tugboat simulator gave me an array of emotion. First I was excited. I had never experienced anything that was as complex but also as beautiful as that simulator. As I proceeded through my rough water simulation, I encountered several moments where I was frustrated. I didn’t know how to how to control a twin screw Z-drive propeller. Captain Andy Chase assured me, that not only was I overreacting but that if I take things slower and handle things with care, I’d do an amazing job. After simulating a twin screw Z-drive tugboat, I was able to teach other classmates on how to handle and maintain the tugboat simulator.

CPR…Hollywood verses Reality

IMG_9568Many times we look at movies and view them to be exactly like real life. In class, my teacher Aaron demonstrated the dangers of performing CPR wrong. The first danger we were introduced to was potentially breaking the person’s ribs. CPR is also only to be used on people whose hearts have stopped. If you do CPR on a person with a beating heart, you could stop their heart. You could kill someone by practicing CPR on them.

This presents an obvious issue when filming a scene where someone’s heart stops. The chest pumps are a safety hazard. Often, they will cut the person’s body or head out of frame so that it’s not a living human going through it.

The other option is to perform the CPR wrong, by bending their arms as they pump. There’s a danger in that too, as people learn from movies how to do CPR. Then, when someone’s heart actually stops, they won’t know how to do CPR correctly.

In movies, they always have that last chest hit and the person magically gasps and gets up off the floor with ease. Well, in real life that person would probably have broken ribs and punctured lungs.


Maneuvering Privateer’s Crane

Our day started when we went underway to the South Street Seaport Museum from Governors Island. While underway, we received a notice from Captain Aaron to make sure we know all of the safety equipment and procedures we use while the crane is in operations. The safety equipment includes hard hats and gloves to keep our head and hands safe when handling any load from the crane. The procedure for the crane operations is to always stand clear of the crane. You must also insure the crane hooks and cable is always straightened and never loose. Failure to do so will result in the cables being unloosened and a need of a repair man.

As we came along side South Street Seaport’s vessel, the Wavertree and stood by for the instruction. When hauling the anchor out of the water we followed procedure. We ran into no difficulties and completed the task in under a hour. In our debrief our the day, we all agreed that even though we were presented with a messy or difficult task, we not only completed it but did it with everything we had.