(VALLEJO, CA – May 10, 2013) – The Training Ship Golden Bear, the 500-foot training vessel of The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), will arrive at Aloha Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii on Tuesday, May 21. Onboard will be approximately 320 cadets and 55 faculty and staff, all of whom are on the two-month international training voyage that includes stops in Lahaina, Cabo, Seattle and Portland.
The Training Ship Golden Bear's annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum offered at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship’s captain and chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners.
Other activities planned in conjunction with the ship's visit to Honolulu are tours for prospective students and a reception onboard for legislators, local dignitaries, alumni and parents.
On Thursday, May 23, a benefit will be held for the Captain David “Kawika” Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Aloha Tower Pier-side Stage. The Dave Lyman Memorial Scholarship Endowment provides four years of scholarship assistance for students from Hawaii attending Cal Maritime.
Hawaii is second only to the State of Washington in the number of non-California students it sends to Cal Maritime each year.
From Honolulu, the ship continues on to Lahaina before heading to Cabo. The ship and crew will return to Cal Maritime's Vallejo campus on July 12. To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the "Follow the Voyage" blog at www.cma-virtualftv.org.
Established in 1929, The California Maritime Academy, a campus of The California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Cal Maritime was recently ranked by Forbes magazine as being among the Top 25 "Best Value Colleges" in the nation, providing students with the highest quality education for their academic dollar. Located in Vallejo, Calif., the campus serves approximately 900 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. It also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.