Today we were met with smooth seas and humid air. The heat is slowly rising in the ship due to the water temperatures. As we cut through the water some flying fish can be seen leaping from our wake.

Up in the green deck cadets were busy learning how to sew canvas sea bags. This process is very time consuming and depending on how much dedication they put into it, they will have pieces that they will carry with them for a long time.

Cadets inspecting Jacobs Ladder

Out on deck some cadets were seen inspecting the Jacobs ladders. These inspections are to see if they are still serviceable and can be used safely. These ladders can be deployed for various reasons, being for abandonment of the vessel in an emergency, to help assist people climb out of the water, or to help a pilot come aboard prior to entry into a port.

As we sail through the night we look forward to what lays ahead, the cadets are talking about what they plan on doing once we get into Honolulu.

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.