Midshipmen of the six state maritime academies must be far more familiar with navigation than their Naval Academy counterparts. These Massachusetts Maritime Academy deck midshipmen study the subject for two years in class and obtain practical experience during three summer cruises. But, even without all that expertise, they would still be able to look ahead and see the storm clouds brewing for their own and the other predominantly state-supported academies.
This country has a tremendous asset in its six state maritime academies. These schools are a very small part of the nation’s higher education picture, and are little known and less understood. They are, however, a vital source of trained officers for the U. S. merchant marine, and an important secondary source of officers for the naval reserve.