We finally made our way into the Puget Sound, many of us woke up in the morning for breakfast, and there was land on either side of us and it was beautiful. It was pretty chilly and there was complete cloud coverage overhead but the hills on either side of us were covered in trees.
|Crisp Washington Morning||First sighting of Seattle and the Elliott Bay|
Cadets smile for the camera with the Seattle skyline in the background. Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
Cadets smile for the camera on the bridge wing with the Seattle skyline in the background. Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
I made my way up to the bridge where the third deck division (3D) was navigating, executing collision avoidance, and at the helm on the arrival watch. Standing a watch where the ship is maneuvering in coastal or inland waters is the most desirable watch because there is much more action compared to maintaining a course in the open ocean, and not many can say they brought the Training Ship Golden Bear into Seattle. We were honored to have Cal Maritime graduate Stephen Moreno as the Puget Sound Pilot to guide us into Seattle. He was a 3D graduate of 1981 and this was his last week before retiring after 31 years of being a pilot. He said he volunteered to pilot for the Golden Bear because it felt right to end his career where it started. We are honored to have another alum help us along our voyage.
Master Pilot conference- Photo Credit Daniel Golinski
Puget Sound Pilot Stephan Moreno shapes up turn.
Photo credit- Daniel Golinski
|Cadet sedond mate Danny Guzman and cadet sighting of point "No Point"- Photo credit- Daniel Golinski|
After speaking with the Pilot, I made my way down to the fantail to watch Crowley’s tugboat Chief come alongside the ship, and the cadets made the Chief fast on Golden Bear's bitts . I watched cadets begin to tie heaving lines to the stern lines in preparation for mooring. When we arrived alongside the dock, the heaving lines were cast over to the longshoremen, and the breast lines were paid out to be made fast on the bollards and cleats of Pier 66.
Cadets making tug line fast on stern with supervision of Third Mate Gio Boss
Crowley Chief and Foss Brynn donated tugs. Photo Credit- Sophie Scopazzi
Cadets preparing to secure mooring lines
Cadets taking in the view of Seattle
3C cadet Maddy Bonaci- Photo Credit- Sophie Scopazzi
3C cadets Leeza Bremmermann and Maddy Bonaci- Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
Cadet passing line- Photo Credit- Sophie Scopazzi
1C cadet Craig Johnson passing the line- Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
|Cadets makng line fast- Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi||Cadets "taking it to" the warping head|
Cadets pose with Seattle in the background- Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
1D Executive Officer David Kresge- Photo credit- Sophie Scopazzi
Afterward, I went to the quarterdeck to watch Cadet 3rd mate Solomon Kaupu guide Cadet Bill Puttmann to lower the gangway with the crane. Solomon then ensured the gangway was in the best position on the dock and then another squad of cadets prepared the safety ”save all” net to be rigged to the gangway
Cadet third mate Solomon Kaupu setting bridle and bale for the gangway
Laying out the "save all" net
Tonight was the first alumni event where alumni had the opportunity to meet the ship in port, get a tour, and attend the evening reception which was catered by Chief Steward Orlando Torres as well as Head Chef Mark Rodriguez, our Chief Cook. It was an amazing event where alumni from many generations ( 1970’s to 2021 ) were able to come together and discuss their experiences at Cal Maritime over the years. This is especially fun when alum that were in the same division get together because you begin to see how deep the divisional pride goes.
|1C cadets Doug Waters and Gabby Harrington greet people for the reception- Photo credit- Emily Robison||Maritime Policy and Management Cadets Alicia Porter and Mackenzie Finck- Photo credit- Emily Robison|
3C cadet Caleb Vance and his family- Photo credit- Emily Robison
Cadets explaining bridge duties- Photo credit- Emily Robison
Photo credit- Emily Robison
Commandant David Taliferro in dress whites- Photo credit- Emily Robison
Cadets Dean and Kuiper smile for the camera- Photo credit- Emily Robison
|Captain Muenzberg and Commandant Taliaferro pose for the camera- Photo credit- Emily Robison||Captain Muenzberg makes a speech about the Cal Maritime Family- Photo credit- Emily Robison|
Photo credit- Emily Robison
Liberty (shore leave ) is granted once each division’s area of responsibility is inspected. We are hoping for good food and good times in Seattle. All the cadets are still on a work rotation, while there is always necessary work to be done while the ship is in port. Updates to come!
ABOUT CAL MARITIME
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.