CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine returned to Castine at about 11 a.m. on Sunday after a 16-day cruise to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On board, in addition to some 210 crew, faculty and 2nd Class (junior) students who hope to qualify for U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariners’ licenses on graduation, were 15 International Business and Logistics students and Dean of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics Don Maier.
On Jan. 7, the ship’s company held a memorial ceremony for five MMA graduates — Captain Michael Davidson of Windham (1988); Danielle Randolph, 34, of Rockland (2005); Michael Holland, 25, of Wilton (2012); Dylan Meklin, 23, of Rockland (2015); and Mitchell Kuflik, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y. (2011) — who were among the 33 crew who died when the freighter El Faro sank off the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin last Oct. 1.
The MMA ceremony included the reading of a poem, John Masefield’s “Sea Fever,” and the lowering of a wreath into the water. The ceremony took place at a location near where El Faro sank.