KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Last month the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) newest training vessel, the T/V Kings Pointer, made her maiden voyage from Jacksonville, FL to Ft. Eustis, VA. The vessel was fully crewed by professional mariners plus a group of cadets earning sea days toward their United States Coast Guard (USCG) licenses. These midshipmen are the first “Kings Pointers” to obtain sea days during the vessel’s first dedicated training mission.
Today the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and its American Merchant Marine Museum observed National Maritime Day. The afternoon began with a brief ceremony at Barney Square, during which Deputy Superintendent, Rear Admiral Susan L. Dunlap, addressed the Regiment of Midshipmen, faculty, staff and guests and read the Presidential Proclamation honoring the U.S. Merchant Marine for its service to our nation.