Vallejo training ship returns home
July 14, 2012 by James
The arrival home of the Golden Bear training ship in late June was a happy occasion for the cadets who had spent two months at sea, but a poignant day for the president of California Maritime Academy, Bill Eisenhardt. He had spent his last day on the ship before welcoming the new president, Thomas Cropper.
The cadets had returned home to the Vallejo campus after spending 60 days at sea on the training ship Golden Bear. The training cruise, with 288 students (or cadets as they are also called) and 57 staff and officers called at Montego Bay, Costa Rica, Punta Arenas, and Jamaica after traveling through the Panama Canal. Cropper was a Rear Admiral for the US Navy but is now retired and looking forward to his new career as president of the California State University campus. Cropper will live in the president’s house, which is situated on campus.
The training cruises are the focal point of the student’s time at Cal Maritime, spending two months in the floating classroom running the ship. Cal Maritime Academy will possibly use local brochure printing services to provide more information on the training at sea. The Captain of the Golden Bear, Harry Bolton, stated that the cruise was “fabulous,” with the cadets making the cruise especially memorable. Towards the final days of the training cruise, the cadets were performing just about all the duties following their intensive training on board the Golden Bear. Medical supplies and equipment were delivered to Jamaica and Haiti as part of the program.