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T-Boats on the Thames

(Choosing the Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Deborah King

This spring, we had our T-boat lab as a part of Navigation class. For those of you who don’t know, T-boats are older boats that we occasionally take on the Thames River to learn the basics of ship handling. During 2/c summer, we had a week devoted to them, and it was time to use them again during the school year.

To be honest, I expected it to be a rough week. Academically, spring semester was one of the toughest I’ve had, even including 4/c year. Midterms were right around the corner and it felt like I wasn’t keeping up.

Going out on the water changed that. The day was perfect. The warm weather and sun cheered me up. However, the best part was actually driving the boats and giving commands. We did some basic maneuvers including man overboard drills. While we were still learning and we made a lot of mistakes, it made me realize just how much I love being on the water, and why this experience was worth the time and effort.

Very Respectfully,
2/c Deborah King

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