CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy training ship embarked last week carrying approximately 300 students, crew, instructors and support staff on a cruise to Spain, England, Estonia and Norway, returning to the U.S. on July 13. The cruise will last 70 days.
Interim master Captain Brendan McAvoy, of Belfast, commanded the ship. McAvoy has been on the MMA faculty and has enjoyed the position of chief mate of the State of Maine for over 20 years.
Captain Leslie Eadie, captain of the vessel since 2011, is taking a break this summer.
Students looking to obtain a license from the U.S. Coast Guard as a third mate or third assistant engineer are obligated to train at sea during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years at MMA. Freshmen and juniors will sail on the State of Maine, while sophomores will be on merchant ships internationally.