Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

US Trainee Ship Makes Annual Cruise With Call to Cobh

18th July 2017
Trainee schoolship State of Maine is making an annual cruise that included a call to Cobh Trainee schoolship State of Maine is making an annual cruise that included a call to Cobh Photo: MarSeaMare/Twitter

#corkharbour- Following last year’s 75th anniversary of the Maine Maritime Academy, their flagship trainee schoolship returned to Cork Harbour as part of an annual cruise programme, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 12,000 gross tonnage TS State of Maine had sailed from Alicante, Spain and is currently berthed at Cobh. The deepwater berth here is otherwise the scene of summertime cruiseships but is to where the trainee ship had previously called last year. 

The trainee cruise by the State of Maine this season includes ports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They are (though subject too change) Charleston in South Carolina, Tenerife, Spain, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Portland, ME, Edinburgh, Scotland and New York.

At 152m/500ft long the flagship heads MMA’s fleet of 60 vessels. In the case of this ship she is a converted oceanographic research vessel that served the US Navy having been launched as USNS Tanner from the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Maryland in 1990. For the next three years she served in the US Military Sealift Command.

Acquired in 1997, the trainee ship is the college flagship of the Marine Transportation programme and the vessel’s homeport is Castine Harbour in Maine.

The vessel was renamed the Training Ship State of Maine, and was modified to increase the accommodation from 108 to 302 persons.

New lifesaving equipment and upgrades to existing equipment were accomplished as well as enhancements to the habitability requirements of the flagship. 

The academy was founded in 1941 and enrolls more than 900 students from 35 states and from several foreign countries.

Students in the college are awarded A.S., B.S., and M.S. degrees in 15 fields of study. The schoolship provides an opportunity for midshipmen to get hands on experience afloat.

Published in Cork Harbour
Jehan Ashmore

About The Author

Jehan Ashmore

Email The Author

Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading Afloat.ie than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open.

Afloat.ie is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 

 

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City Race

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Cork Harbour Festival will now take place 5 – 13 June 2021, with the Flagship Ocean to City on 5 June

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating