For five-days the US training-ship State of Maine will make Cork Harbour her port of call, when the 16,000 tonnes vessel docks this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 500-foot long ship is on a 55-day training cruise that started late last month from her homeport of Castine Harbour in Maine. Since then the Maine Maritime Academy's training-ship has visited Norfolk, Virginia before crossing the Atlantic to include calls to Valetta, Malta and the vessel's most recent port of call was Civitavecchia in Italy.
Onboard the former oceanographic vessel that served in the US Navy as the USNS Tanner, there are students, officers and crew. The Maine Maritime Academy purchased the vessel in 1997 and she was converted to accommodate the training needs of the college.
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.
State of Maine is to berth at the Cobh Cruise Terminal, the facility which normally caters for cruiseships is to be followed by another training-ship the 17,000 tonnes Empire State on 22 June.