Ten students from the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) have embarked on a 17-day voyage aboard the sailing training ship Picton Castle. These students are on a maritime career track, and have already begun maritime training at NOMMA. They departed Galveston, TX on Monday, April 9 and sailed to Pensacola, FL before returning to their home city of New Orleans on Thursday, April 19.
Picton Castle is a 179-foot, three-masted barque rigged ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Picton Castle has a long history of teaching the fundamentals of seamanship aboard a traditionally rigged sailing vessel. Everyone who joins the ship takes part in the ship’s operations. Trainees are involved in sail handling, scrubbing the decks, navigating the ship, and assisting in the galley. If trainees choose to they have the chance to climb Picton Castle’s 100 ft. mast to take in and let out the sails.
This opportunity gives the students of NOMMA a hands-on learning opportunity that will begin their development as safe and competent mariners. NOMMA students have been working with the Delgado Community College Maritime and Industrial Training Center to take courses for their Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping certifications, known in the industry as STCW, an internationally recognized maritime certification. During their time on Picton Castle, students will work alongside the professional crew as they are taught skills in seamanship, watchstanding and navigation, while receiving supplemental instruction from the captain, crew, and a NOMMA faculty member who is accompanying the students on this trip.
Tall Ships America, based in Newport, RI, has also provided scholarship funds to help offset the costs of the voyage. Tall Ships America continues its memorandum of understanding with the US Maritime Administration to assist in the development of the maritime workforce. The partnership developed through the introduction of Tall Ships America to Delgado, who then brought NOMMA into the program. The three organizations worked together to establish program goals, dates, costs, and find a vessel (Picton Castle) that was capable and willing to undertake the program.Read more, visit source