Youngie Knowledge

Youngie knowledge enlightens cadets as to the rules, traditions, regulations, customs and policies associated with Massachusetts Maritime Academy in particular and maritime-related industries in general. Youngie knowledge is required memorization for all underclassmen.

  1. Mission of the Academy
  2. Chain of command, names of Academy Officers, Regimental Staff and Company Staff
  3. Young man’s/woman’s function
  4. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy honor code
  5. Ship’s emergency signals
  6. Inspection spout
  7. Types of emergency situations which may occur on the ship
  8. Joseph P. Kennedy’s quote from the plaque in Bresnahan Hall
  9. The fire triangle
  10. Classifications of fire
  11. Traits of a leader
  12.  Forty-one parts of a lifeboat
  13. MMA’s past presidents


The mission of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to provide a quality education for graduates serving in the merchant marine, the military services, and those who serve the interests of the Commonwealth, Nation and global market place. The Academy does so by combining a rigorous academic program with a regimented lifestyle that instills honor, responsibility, discipline, and leadership.

"Discipline, Knowledge, Leadership”

“Discipline,” not only in the sense of the regimental environment of the Academy, but also in the greater sense of the self-discipline exhibited by all cadets and alumni to stay the course, weather the storms, graduate, obtain their licenses, commissions, and career positions and the continued self-discipline to succeed in all of their endeavors, both personal and professional.

“Knowledge,” representing the academic courses and the hands on diverse training providing the competencies to apply such knowledge for the benefit, safety, and well-being of others, and for the desire and drive to continue the accumulation of knowledge throughout life.

“Leadership,” whether studied, absorbed, or gained through adversity or hardship, that is bestowed upon the cadets and alumni including the leadership traits of bearing, courage, decisiveness, dependability, endurance, enthusiasm, initiative, integrity, judgment, justice, loyalty, and unselfishness.


President RADM McDonald
Dean, Academic Affairs CAPT Pavilonis
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Master, T. S. Kennedy CAPT Campbell
VP, Enrollment CAPT Simmons
Commandant of Cadets CAPT Rozak
Deputy Commandant CDR Kelleher
1st Company Officer LT Muldoon
2nd Company Officer LT Foley
3rd Company Officer LT Deegan
4th Company Officer LT DeCoste
5th Company Officer LT Jordan
6th Company Officer LCDR Piñero
7th Company Officer LCDR Magee
Tittle IX Coordinator LCDR Miller
Multi Cultural Engagement Mr. Michael Ortiz and Mr. Patrick Nobrega


Regimental Commander 1/C Vaccari
Regimental Training Ship Commander 1/C Gallo
Regimental Executive Officer 1/C Coughlin
Regimental Operations Officer 1/C Newman
Regimental Adjutant 1/C Dean
Regimental TRO 1/C Sullivan
1st BN Commander 1/C Salas
1st BN XO 1/C McAleer
2nd BN Commander 1/C Huppe
2nd BN XO 1/C McNulty-Daub
Cadet Chief Mate 1/C Bastarache
Cadet Chief Engineer 1/C Nash
Student Government President 1/C Crosman
MSSEP Operations Officer 1/C Carey
IMBU Operations Officer 1/C Stacy
Facilities Engineering Operations Officer 1/C Tarbox
Emergency Management Officer 1/C Feurtado
Energy Systems Engineering Operations Officer 1/C Rigby
1st Company Commander 1/C White
1st Company Executive Officer 1/C Costa
2nd Company Commander 1/C Buzzell
2nd Company Executive Officer 1/C Dubois
3rd Company Commander 1/C Teehan
3rd Company Executive Officer 1/C Barry
4th Company Commander 1/C Ulrich
4th Company Executive Officer 1/C Brown
5th Company Commander 1/C McGilvray
5th Company Executive Officer 1/C Martir
6th Company Commander 1/C Raffa
6th Company Executive Officer 1/C Fahey
7th Company Commander 1/C Fernandez-Cote
7th Company Executive Officer 1/C Mirabile
Diversity & Inclusion Officer  1/C Todman
Intramural Officer 1/C Landfors
Community Service Officer  1/C McKeown

Young Man’s / Woman’s Function

“Sir/Ma’am. Mine is not to question why. Mine is but to do or die. Mine is not to question how. Mine is but to do it now, Sir/Ma’am.”

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Honor Code

Cadets do not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate these acts from others.

Ship’s Emergency Signals

Fire and Emergency (In the event of a fire or emergency) – A continuous blast of the ship’s whistle for a period of not less than ten (10) seconds, supplemented by a comparable tone on the general alarm – followed by a descriptive PA system announcement. This signal may be followed by a succession of short blasts on the whistle, or tones on the general alarm to indicate which damage control locker will be the emergency squad muster location. All crew shall immediately proceed to berthing to retrieve their PFD and then report to their stations.

Abandon Ship (In the event the Master determines all personnel shall evacuate the ship) – A succession of more than six short blasts, followed by one long blast on the ship’s whistle, supplemented by a comparable tone on the general alarm - followed by a descriptive PA system announcement. Supplemental whistle signals are used to direct boat officers to lower or stop lowering: one blast – lower, two blasts – stop lowering. Emergency squad personnel shall immediately proceed to their abandon ship stations, and all personnel shall follow the directions of the Boat Officers for orderly loading of lifeboats and life rafts.

Man Overboard (In the event a crewmember has fallen overboard) – A succession of three prolonged blasts of the ship’s whistle, supplemented by a comparable tone on the General Alarm, followed by one short blast of the ship’s whistle to indicate the person is overboard to starboard or two short blasts of the ship’s whistle to indicate the person is overboard to port. All personnel on deck shall post lookout, and if observing the man overboard, keep in sight and alert others.

Security Alert or Breach (In the event of a security incident) – A succession of blasts on the ship’s whistle – prolonged, short, short, prolonged – three times, supplemented by a comparable signal on the General Alarm - followed by the spoken word XRAY on the PA system. PA system announcements will detail instructions for personnel. All personnel will follow directions as announced, or as given by ship’s officers.

Medical Team Muster (In the event the medical team should report to sick bay for a medical emergency) – A PA system announcement with the spoken word CODE BLUE will be heard. PA system announcements will detail instructions for medical team. All personnel shall assist as directed.

Dismissal (When alert or drill is completed) – Three short blasts on the ship’s whistle, supplemented by a comparable tone on the General Alarm. All personnel shall stand down and properly stow PFD and/or safety equipment.

Inspection Spout

Sir/Ma’am. Room #0000 , ready for inspection Sir/Ma’am.
Cadet Candidate B, C, and A standing by Sir/Ma’am.

Types of Emergency Situations which may occur aboard the ship

Propulsion / Steering / Essential Equipment Failure
Imminent Collision
Man Overboard

Joseph P. Kennedy’s quote from plaque in Bresnahan Hall

“You can have a Merchant Marine with first class men even if they sail second class ships, but second class men can’t be trusted with the finest ships afloat.”

Fire Triangle

The “FIRE TRIANGLE” has three sides.

  • Heat required to break down the fuel into gasses
  • Fuel the material being oxidized
  • Oxygen the material required to consume the fuel

A flaming fire also requires that a chemical chain reaction take place. This is referred to as the fourth side of the triangle, making it the Fire Tetrahedron. ALWAYS leave a space with a fire in it by the “ LOWEST” possible route. Heat from a fire rises, making the overhead space as hot as 1500 degrees. Climbing into this heat could kill you.

Classifications of Fire

There are five Classifications of Fire. They require different extinguishing methods.

CLASS A Ordinary combustibles, wood, paper, wool, things that when burned leave an ash. The most common class A extinguishing agent is water, which extinguishes a fire by absorbing the heat.

CLASS B Flammable and combustible liquids and gasses, alcohol, gasoline, fuel oil, propane, things that cannot be cooled by water to effect extinguishment. The best way to extinguish a fuel fire is to shut off the source. Extinguishing agents, which may be used are dry chemical, carbon dioxide, and foam.

CLASS C Energized electrical fires, equipment that has or is thought to have power to it. An energized overhead projector (plugged in) on a cart in a classroom would be a Class C fire. The same projector in a storage box would be Class A fire. Dry Chemical and Carbon Dioxide are examples of Class C extinguishing agents.

CLASS D Combustible metal fires require special extinguishing agents. Common agents like water and dry chemical may react making the fire burn hotter and more violent. The spelling of most Class D materials end with the letters “IUM”, such as magnesium, sodium. Jettison overboard is often the best option when possible to extinguish Class D fires.

CLASS K A rating given to wet chemical extinguishers used to extinguish fires in a kitchen setting. The chemical reacts with hot oils to form a foam and extinguish the fire. The foam turns into a soap through saponification.

Traits of a Leader

Leads by Example

Forty-one parts of a Lifeboat

Bilge Pump
Boat Hooks
Can Opener
Drinking Cup
Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Fishing Kit
Heaving Line
Instruction Card
Mirrors, Signaling
Radar reflector
Rainwater collection device
Repair Kit
Sea Anchor
Seasickness kit
Signal, Hand Flare
Signal, Parachute Flare
Signal, Smoke
Skates & fenders
Survival instructions
Table of lifesaving signals
Thermal protection aids
Tool kit


Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Past Presidents

Commodore J.F. Merry 1892 - 1895
Commodore J.G. Eaton 1895 - 1898
Lieutenant C.A. Foster 1898
Commodore A.J. Iverson 1898
Commodore F.M. Wise 1898 - 1900
Commodore E.M. Hughes 1900 - 1901
Commodore C.H. Arnold 1901 - 1902
Commodore D.E. Taussig 1902
Commodore W.F. Low 1902 - 1911
Commodore C.N. Atwater 1911 - 1915
Captain P.W. Hourigan 1915 - 1918
Commodore W.F. Low 1918
Commodore C.N. Atwater 1918 - 1919
Captain P.W. Hourigan 1919
Captain Armistead Rust 1919 - 1932
Captain C.A. Abele 1932 - 1941
Captain R.M. Gray 1941 - 1943
Commodore C.O. Basset 1943 - 1946
Captain H.G. Copeland 1946 - 1949
Rear Admiral J.D. Wilson 1949 - 1958
Rear Admiral John W. Thompson 1959 - 1964
Rear Admiral A.S. Limouze 1965 - 1971
Rear Admiral Lee F. Harrington 1972 - 1980
Rear Admiral John F. Aylmer 1981 - 1991
Rear Admiral Peter H. Cressy 1991 - 1993
Rear Admiral Peter M. Mitchell 1994 - 1998
Rear Admiral M.J. Bresnahan, Jr. 1998 - 2004
Rear Admiral Richard G. Gurnon 2005 - 2015
Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald 2015 - Present

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