A normal CTE day is walking to the mast center at the beginning of sixth period, meeting in the classroom and talking about what our agenda is. Today was a special day though. We met outside and immediately started walking to the ferry in a rush. As we were walking, Gino and I were having a conversation about what we could be doing today. We looked towards the seaport and saw Wavetree’s head sails up and realized where we were going today.
On our ferry ride Captain Aaron mustered us up and told us the plan. We realized we were completely wrong. The plan for today was a site visit, just not to Wavetree. We went to pier 15 and took a ride on one of Hornblowers boat. We all gathered our tickets and went straight up the stairs to the wheelhouse. There we met up with Captain Jose. He said hi to us and gave us a breakdown on what we were going to do today. It was a tour of lower Manhattan on the water. We all went our separate ways to explore the boat. As we went to explore we saw all of their safety equipment and compared how it differs from ours. Everything was pretty much the same just on a wider scale.
As we were on our way back Kim took the helm. At that moment I was scared for my life! Just playing, Kim did great at the helm. Following that Captain Jose took the helm and docked the boat and that was the end of our voyage. It was a great day!
Young men at the helm on sloop clear waters was a great learning experience. The program started off with us breaking into watches. I was in none other than green watch. Our watches got to know each other and learn everyone’s name and where they are from. After we got to know each other a little bit better we learned our main task for the rest of trip. Our task was the main sail. We stay in charge of the one and two position. The one position is where you tie the stopper knot and the two position is when you make it off to the cleat. I usually did the one position.
At the end of the trip we had a sloop Olympics. The Sloop Olympics consist of being able to tie knots and answer questions at the same time. Another part of the Olympics was being able to bring the jib up as a team. The final challenge was line tossing and coiling. Each category was split into two different parts; style points and time. We started off with knots. I tied every knot first but it was also about your whole team getting the knot. We can help out by telling them what to do but not physically helping. After we all tied the knot we would all have to answer the question as a group. After that was raising the jib sail. We had the worst overall score when it came that. Finally we had the line tossing and coiling, my team had the most style points but had a bad time. However I had the best individual time when it came to the tossing and coiling. My time was 43 seconds. The time came when they said the winner. It was a three way tie.
August 11 2017 was the return of SUNY Maritime training ship Empire State. The Empire State went on its annual summer voyage with hundreds of students to receive training. August 11 was also one of the days I came for my internship at the college water front building. Terence and I walked inside the campus and were so surprised. There were so many parents ready to sunrise their child and give them a warm welcome back. Terence and I proceeded inside the water front building. Rob the waterfront director at SUNY maritime immediately offered us breakfast and told us what the plan for today was. On the agenda it was to refuel all the small boats and then go check out the sail boats and make sure they are still on the moorings and not floating away. In addition to that we were told that we would be catching the lines for Empire State.
After we finished our breakfast we did what rob told us to do. As we were coming back in from checking on the sailboats we got a radio call from Rob telling us to come back in immediately come in. Our initial Thoughts were asking each other if we did anything wrong. Webbing thought we did everything fine. We docked the boat and ran up stairs to Rob. Rob informed us that we will be each be taking our own boat with passengers on it to go check out Empire State. Rob told Terence to grab one of the Boston whalers and he told me to grab the red safety boat. We went down stairs and prepared to depart. Rob came down with the passengers who were all parents of students on the training ship. But something was wrong. Rob did not have his personal flotation device on. He told us that he wasn’t coming and this was all up to us. I dropped my lines, Rob gave us a kick off the dock and we were off. We did a quick circle around the ship, took some pictures for about 15 minutes, and we headed back in.
The next part of the day was the best part; catching the ships lines. In order to catch the ships line we needed to have the proper equipment. We needed helmets and gloves. We were told where all the lines would be placed. A couple minutes went by and the time has finally come. The captain on the radio told us our commands and we were ready. They sent us the stern line by throwing a monkey’s fist which we had to pull in to get the eye of the line on the cleat. “Stern line on” was what the guy said on the radio and our job was done.
After the ship tied up we greeted all of the students coming out. One of the students being a Harbor school alumni, Malachi. We gave him a quick round of applause, a handshake, and he left. That was such a great day at SUNY Maritime.
Where do I start?
Freshman year: I started waterfront , that was the best choice I have ever made in my life so far. We worked on the boats at that time but other times we went on class trips; one trip was to Red hook, Brooklyn. That is where Water Taxi’s Homeport is; that day we were given a chance to go on their small and large boats as well as the Shark boat.
Sophomore year: A select few got a chance to go on one of the Water Taxi boats to talk to the captain, Juana Garcia. That alone was a big opportunity considering she is the first female captain at Water Taxi so I had many questions. After everybody left I was still their talking to Juana and the deckhands, I started to question what I wanted to do in future.
Junior year: As a intern at waterfront, my connections branched out in a lot of different directions. I found myself being involved with Water Taxi more often. The fact that I knew a lot of people that worked there helped tremendously. I knew then that Water Taxi was the perfect place for a stepping stone into the Maritime Industry.
Senior year: Looking back at it now , its mind boggling that I came this far. The summer of becoming a senior, I started actually working for Water Taxi. The vibe there is so family like . They make me feel included with everything and now that I’m checked off, I get to put my own mark on Water Taxi, and hopefully help inspire a young teenager just like I was .
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USS Independence CV-62
Indy 7 is a retired Navy launch from the USS Independence (CV-62), a forrestal-class aircraft carrier. USS Independence was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and launched on June 6, 1958. She followed by getting commissioned the following year on the first of January.
USS Independence spent her early years in the Mediterranean Fleet. She made a single tour off the coast of Vietnam in 1965. Independence also carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces in Lebanese Civil War, and conducted operations over Iraq enforcing a no-fly zone.
After her long history, the USS Independence is now awaiting to be scrapped at Brownsville, Texas.
Class and Type of Ship: Forrestal-Class Aircraft Carrier
Namesake: “Freedom of control by others; Self Government”
Commissioned: January, 10 1958
Decommissioned: September, 30 1998 (Roughly 40 years of service)
Motto: “Freedom’s Flagship”
Displacement: 60,000 Tons (Standard)
80,643 Tons (Full-Load)
Length: 1,070 Feet
Beam: 130 Feet
Horsepower: 280,000 Horsepower
Speed: 33 Knots
Range: 8,000 Nautical Miles at 20 knots
Crew: 3,126 Ship Crew
2,089 Air Wing
70 Flag Staff
Aircraft Carried: 70-90
(USS Independence (CV-62), with sister ships, USS Saratoga (CV-60) and USS Intrepid (CV-11))
My trip to Maine Maritime started with an unfamiliar face. This face was Hugh Porter. Hugh Porter is the assistant director of admissions at the academy. Hugh played a huge role in getting us up to Maine. Hugh was such a nice guy and he had the Golden Voice—whenever a word came out of his mouth he had the whole room’s attention. Hugh gave the best insight into anything you asked him. Hugh had so much passion for the school and each and every single vessel in their fleet. From their 420 dighy boats to their training ship, the State of Maine. When we walked around the campus he made me feel like I was a student myself. I had a real college experience being with Hugh.
Thank You, Hugh!!!!
The other day at the seaport, was an very interesting day. First we started out the day with a muster at 0900 sharp. Malcolm briefly explained what was going on with Schooner Pioneer and then Colon spoke. Clark then instructed me to help remove the stern fender on W.O. Decker (tugboat). Taking off the fender was the easy part. The hard part was bring the fender to Wavertree. The fender weighed about 500 to 600 pounds, so we couldn’t pull it up by ourselves. We brought it up with a donkey engine and a line. After the fender was up, Clark disappeared so I had nothing to do. I found Malcolm and he gave me a job. I went to work with the blocks down below on the barge. Once we had finished that he showed me how to use a drill press. I had to press down on a piece of wood with a big drill bit. You can see an image below. That was my wonderful day at the Seaport.
We recently went on a site visit aboard the Zephyr at Pier 16 (South Street Seaport). The class talked to former Harbor student and crew member Justin Trinidad, who graduated last year. He talked to us about how he became crew with the connections he had from the school.
We then continued our tour around the Zephyr, looking in the wheel house with Captain Alvin Masongsong. He operates the boat with a simple throttle but, if the main system fails, there’s a complicated back up system. On the way back we analyzed the Zephyr’s docking. The captain aligned the boat with the pier, letting the current push it in along with some assistance from the engine. All in all, the site visit was one of many to come and I’m looking forward to learning about more boats and other jobs in maritime industry.
We work together
birds of a feather
on the water and land
together we understand
the meaning of teamwork
I look around to see us all with a smirk
we come as one but all different minds
we are a family, one of a kind.