Massachusetts Maritime Academy Celebrates 125-Year Anniversary

Mass Maritime - 2BUZZARDS BAY – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an event in Boston on Saturday.

State dignitaries will be onboard the college’s training ship, the T.S. Kennedy, for a sunset reception at 4 p.m. and will reenact the signing of the legislation that established the academy.

“The maritime industry is a critical industry for the country and this academy has a history of over 125 years of producing the best professional mariners in the country,” said Academy spokesman Chris Ryan.

The MMA was established on June 11, 1891 but was called the Massachusetts Nautical Training School and was located at Rowes Wharf in Boston.

Since then, it was renamed the Massachusetts Nautical School in 1913 and was given its current name in 1942.

The school moved to Hyannis in 1936 and moved to its current location on Taylor’s Point in Buzzards Bay in 1946.

There are seven maritime schools in the country with State University of New York as the oldest.

“Hundred and twenty-five years of producing world-class sea captains and engineers, it’s been a tremendous 125 years for the Commonwealth because of what the school is able to do,” said Ryan.


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