WE REVIEWED EVERY page of each Trick’s End yearbook to select some of the most noteworthy images for this special section of Mariner.
The breadth of this experience summoned two conclusions: from 1941 to the present, the scope of learning at MMA has been one of adaptation and innovation, constant changes to keep pace with the needs of the maritime and related industries, and yet many traditions and student experiences transcend the years. The regiment on parade is as impressive today as it was 78 years ago, and being a MUG has always presented rigorous challenges.
Also the same is the arduous work required by the editors to bring each Trick’s End to life. “Spell check, patience, and a good amount of coffee,” recalls Cristin Wright ’18, who edited the 2018 edition. “It took a lot of planning with campus clubs, faculty, staff, athletics teams, and the regiment to schedule times where yearbook members were able to take group photos. The formatting and editing process was time-consuming, but very rewarding.
“I hope when people look back at the yearbook, they will see the photos from Navy Ball, Ring Dance, Ship Jump, and Cruise and remember the friendships they gained along the way.”
Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. ’49 was the editor of his class’s Trick’s End, and shared a similar goal. “We wanted to come up with a publication that would be of value in the future so that we could all look back, remember the times, and see the positive side of Maine Maritime.
“We carefully wrote the [student] bios to reflect the real thing, but not to say anything that would hurt someone’s feelings or one’s children’s or grandchildren’s feelings in the future.
“I’m proud that those little bios truly positively reflected the individuals. And then, on the dialogues on the cruises, the good and the bad were mentioned, and I think that brings back excellent memories. It makes you feel good about what you did for those years.”
The photographs featured show Maine Maritime as viewed by students, often with pride, always with a mix of humor and honesty that will spark personal memories for alumni.
Trick: A period of time spent at the wheel (“My trick has ended”).
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Scenes from training cruises are often the most creatively produced and memorable features of the yearbooks.
MMA programs have focused on blending chalkboard concepts and real-world experiential learning.
Yearbooks often acknowledge and are dedicated to those who have supported the college in myriad ways, day-to-day and year-over-year.
Although the style and look of the regiment has changed over the years, the shared experiences cut across the decades.
What’s MMA life without special social events, good song, and companions, balanced with a little solitude?
As small and seemingly isolated as Castine can feel, the opportunities for lasting friendship, athletic competition, and service provided by extracurriculars make for a rich community and are vital to the MMA student experience.
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