T/S State of Maine

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A new class of students has arrived at the Maine Maritime Academy, and the T/S State of Maine waits for them at Castine’s main pier. What a spectacular vessel! She was built for the Navy as a fast oceanographic research vessel back in 1990, but was converted in 1996 into a sophisticated high tech teaching platform for the purpose of training men and women for careers as licensed officers in the Merchant Marine. She began her maiden training cruise in June of 1997. Photo taken August 20, 2015.