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Cruise Line History brings us the untold story of California Maritime Academy’s training ship the TS Golden Bear . They write:

California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” run to South America just before World War 2 and an American flag was painted on her hull proclaiming her as a neutral ship. As World War II got underway Americans were not taking holidays in Europe but  Delta Line’s South America run out of New Orleans was neutral territory. There were to have been six sister ships to serve the Delta Line’s “Coffee Run.” offering American flag service, between New Orleans and South America. The ships were to be symbols of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy with South America and would be the first passenger-cargo ships of the 1938 Merchant Marine act – the DELBRASIL, DELORLEANS, DELARGENTINO, DELURUGUAY, DELORLEANS and DELARGENTINO but only three of the six ships had pre-war careers on this run.

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On a ship where future mariners train, CSU women say they faced sexual abuse and harassment

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For nearly three decades, the navy-and-gold Training Ship Golden Bear has plied oceans around the globe for California State University’s Maritime Academy, providing a unique classroom for students training to be leaders in the seafaring industry.

In recent years, Cal Maritime students and employees reported accusations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment aboard the 500-foot ship to officials at the Vallejo campus.

Interviews and internal campus records reviewed by The Times showed the allegations included two rapes reported in 2019, a sexual assault in 2022 and accusations that a captain sexually harassed women and made disparaging remarks about the LGBTQ community and women during a 2021 training cruise.

The school did not report those allegations to federal maritime authorities and has not followed consistent procedures for handling wrongdoing on the vessel, a Times investigation has found.

Cal Maritime acknowledged it did not report the allegations to the U.S. Maritime Administration, which owns the vessel. The federal agency said such reports are required under a long-standing agreement allowing the campus to use the training ship.

The agreement requires the campus to “promptly report” alleged violations of state, federal and international laws, statutes or regulations and provide “complete written details of the occurrence.” That includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and retaliation, a spokesman for the Maritime Administration said in statements to The Times.

Campus officials said they believe they complied with the provisions, noting they contain no language that “directly addresses reporting obligations for sexual assault and sexual harassment ... incidents.”

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The maritime agency acknowledged that it has never conducted a compliance review to determine whether sexual misconduct cases at Cal Maritime are being properly handled by the campus.

Following inquiries by The Times, presidents from Cal Maritime and other state maritime academies are moving to strengthen protocols for reporting sexual misconduct on their U.S.-owned training vessels.

The new details come amid heightened scrutiny of alleged misconduct at the school on the San Francisco Bay after a Times report in December exposed decades-long claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment, homophobia, transphobia and racism on campus and during training cruises.

The Maritime Administration said it was concerned about accusations raised in The Times’ report. The agency said its civil rights office will review the school’s handling of sexual misconduct and retaliation complaints and work with the campus to address any problems. The review will also determine whether the campus violated the terms of the agreement.

The Golden Bear training ship anchored at California State University's Maritime Academy

Failure to abide by the agreement, the agency said, could jeopardize funding it provides to the small campus, which has totaled more than $10 million in the last five years, and prompt an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The senior Democrat on a congressional subcommittee overseeing maritime operations said in a statement that he was “deeply troubled” to learn of “Cal Maritime’s failure to report instances of sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation.”

“Their top priority must be uprooting any culture that turns a blind eye to sexual misconduct,” Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) said in response to The Times’ findings.

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The campus said President Thomas A. Cropper was unavailable for interviews.

In a statement, Cropper said that the school has been a leader in addressing sexual misconduct in the maritime industry and that he recently was in Washington meeting with federal officials and leaders from other state maritime academies to develop improved reporting protocols for sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The retired rear admiral added that the campus is working with the Maritime Administration on a new agreement that will clarify language about reporting sexual misconduct.

“Cal Maritime believes it has met every reporting obligation under federal law and our agreement with [the Maritime Administration],” said Cropper, who is stepping down in August.

In 2021 and 2022, the campus said it reported two incidents of wrongdoing, while the Maritime Administration said it received three reports. Neither the campus nor the agency could account for the discrepancy.

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Cal Maritime did not provide direct answers to detailed and repeated questions from The Times about the recent misconduct allegations and vaguely described accusations of rape and sexual assault aboard the ship as “sexual activity without affirmative consent.”

The campus said it took “appropriate action in each and every one of these incidents” and launched investigations per the CSU nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation and other wrongdoing. The school said it reported the incidents to the U.S. Department of Education as required by law.

A Times review of internal campus records, including sexual misconduct investigations, emails and shipboard captain reports, found significant disparities in how officials handled misconduct accusations aboard the Golden Bear:

After a death threat last year against a transgender officer, the captain and another top officer said there was a lack of written protocols for conducting investigations on the ship and began their own inquiry after complaints that the threat had created a hostile environment for LGBTQ crew members.

When vandalism and homophobic graffiti were discovered in 2021, Cropper ordered a senior administrator to rendezvous with the vessel to investigate. During the inquiry, according to internal records, multiple people accused the captain of sexual harassment and making disparaging remarks. The campus did not formally investigate those accusations until a separate complaint was filed months later, the records show.

And after two women reported in 2019 and 2022 that they were raped and otherwise sexually assaulted by male classmates while the Golden Bear was docked on campus, the school hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations.

Nestled along a tree-lined cove overlooking the Carquinez Bridge, the campus trains cadets to become U.S. Merchant Marine officers. About 800 students attend the school, one of seven maritime academies in the United States and the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

Federal reporting requirements are important, maritime law experts say, because they can alert officials to systemic problems and provide additional oversight to protect employees and cadets, as students at Cal Maritime are called.

“They should be leading the way in responding to this ... rather than trying to explain why they are not doing that,” said Edward M. Bull III, an Oakland attorney who specializes in maritime law.

Cadets who spoke to The Times said they didn’t know that the university was required to report allegations of sexual misconduct to federal maritime officials, nor did they realize that students could do the same. They said a broader awareness and practice of the policy might help deter predatory behavior.

Concerns about the university’s response to allegations of wrongdoing aboard the training ship date back decades.

During a 1990 hearing in the California Legislature, lawmakers criticized Cal Maritime leadership for failing to protect students after the Maritime Administration investigated claims of sexual misconduct and racial discrimination aboard its training ship at the time.

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A state senator said the university would not be allowed to return to “business as usual.” The president at the time announced his retirement shortly after and was replaced by the first woman to head the academy.

Carbajal, who recently told the California State University chancellor in a letter that the pervasive problems at Cal Maritime were “inexcusable,” said that weeding out sexual misconduct is more important than ever as the country struggles to recruit mariners, who are vital to the supply chain.

“A culture that protects our mariners starts with our training pipeline — at institutions like Cal Maritime,” he said.

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Cal Maritime is one of 23 campuses within the CSU — the largest four-year public university system in the nation. The state is conducting an audit following Times investigations that found repeated inconsistencies in how campuses across the system handle sexual misconduct and retaliation cases.

Before the onset of COVID-19, the Golden Bear was used as a freshman residence hall while docked at the edge of campus in Morrow Cove on the northern San Francisco Bay.

Originally built for the U.S. Navy, the ship was transferred to Cal Maritime in 1996 and has provided a hands-on learning experience for cadets who study the design of the vessel and navigate ocean waters under the direction of a captain and ship officers.

During months-long summer ocean cruises, about 300 cadets and crew members live and work on the vessel, which has nine decks connected by stairwells and narrow passageways.

The ship is outfitted with classrooms, a library and a gym, and students sleep in small rooms with stacked beds and shared bathrooms. There’s a lounge known as Pirate’s Cove and space to stow fishing gear and surfboards. Work assignments include the bridge, where the captain commands the vessel, and the engine room below deck, where massive diesel engines power the Golden Bear on voyages to Asia, Europe and Latin America.

A cadet who lived on the Golden Bear while it was docked on campus said that a male student also residing on board raped her twice in the ship’s close quarters, according to campus investigative records reviewed by The Times.

The assaults took place in a classroom and her bedroom, she alleged in a sexual misconduct complaint filed in 2019. It was one of the claims the campus did not report to federal authorities.

The cadet asserted that she never consented to sex with the male student and that she was intoxicated during both incidents — a claim corroborated by multiple witnesses who spoke to investigators.

In the first incident, the cadet said, she met with the male student in the ship classroom hours after she had been drinking with him. They had planned to watch a movie, she said, when he allegedly raped her.

A month later, the woman alleged, the cadet raped her again after she returned from a party. She said she didn’t have the strength to stop him, campus records show.

At a campus hearing in 2020, the cadet accused of assaulting the woman said he inferred permission for the encounter “from her reaction to his advances,” the records show.

The hearing officer concluded there was no violation of CSU policy.

Afterward, the woman said that a campus official encouraged her to file an appeal. She chose not to go forward.

“I was burnt out and wanted to put it behind me,” she said in an interview with The Times.

She recalled the emotional turmoil she felt. During the investigation, her grades fell and she was placed on academic probation as she recovered from the trauma, she said.

“That took a little bit of psychological healing,” she said. The Times does not typically identify people who allege that they were sexually assaulted.

Another cadet who reported an alleged sexual assault aboard the Golden Bear said it was troubling that the university did not disclose her claim and other such incidents to federal officials.

She and a male classmate were on a late-night security patrol of the ship while it was docked at the academy last spring, according to records from a campus sexual assault investigation launched after she filed a formal complaint last year.

She alleged that he pulled her into a room, grabbed her face and began kissing her, then unzipped her boilersuit and grabbed her all over her body, the records show.

The investigation, which is continuing, is also examining a second allegation by the woman that the classmate raped her in a separate attack in the campus dorms, according to the records. He said that he did nothing wrong and that they engaged in consensual sex.

In interviews, the woman said she kept an eye out for her alleged attacker’s vehicle in school parking lots and stopped going to the dining center to avoid seeing him. After much self-blame, she said, she was prescribed antidepressants, which she no longer takes.

This semester has been better, she said, because her accused attacker is no longer at school. But the cadet said she remains disappointed that campus leaders did not alert federal maritime officials.

“It makes it seem like they want to carry on as if nothing happened,” said the woman, who wants to travel the world as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

“It’s this kind of ... response that manipulates victims into believing that what happened to them wasn’t a big deal,” she said.

A 500-foot training ship with "Golden Bear" on its stern is framed on the water by a bridge and hills beyond it

In summer 2021, cadets vandalized the Golden Bear during a training cruise. Phallic symbols were chalked on walls, and a sleeping quarters door was removed from its hinges and replaced with another that had a window in the middle and a homophobic slur etched below.

Chief mate Jessica Ryals, the second in command, alerted the ship captain and the campus to the vandalism. The president dispatched the director of marine transportation, Samuel Pecota, to meet the vessel the next day off Catalina and investigate. The captain notified federal maritime officials about the vandalism, according to the campus.

During Pecota’s inquiry, internal records reviewed by The Times show, multiple people accused Capt. Louis Solana of staring at women’s breasts, singing a lewd karaoke song and being openly dismissive of and derogatory toward women and the LGBTQ community.

The claims were detailed in a confidential report to Cropper on Sept. 1, 2021, several days after the Golden Bear had returned to the school. Solana was put on leave for the semester as officials reviewed the vandalism investigation, the campus said.

The university ordered a review of training cruise culture, focusing on the two voyages that summer. But the campus did not report the sexual harassment claims against Solana to federal maritime officials, nor did it launch a formal investigation into the allegations that Pecota reported.

Pecota declined to be interviewed.

In October 2021, Solana defended himself in an 18-page rebuttal that he shared with a faculty member and cadet. In the document, which was leaked to the campus community, he called the accusations in the report “slanderous” and labeled the relationship between Pecota and Ryals as “collusive.” He also accused Ryals of displaying “poor leadership” and “questionable moral conduct,” adding that she contributed “to a hostile environment aboard the vessel.”

Solana declined to comment for this article, saying that campus management told him the case is confidential.

Ryals told The Times that the campus community turned on her in defense of Solana. She was targeted in anonymous social media posts and heard whispers directed at her that included “c—,” “bitch,” “just quit already” and “kill yourself.” Someone broke into her car on campus, she said, and she no longer felt safe walking the grounds.

“It became almost impossible to actually do my job,” Ryals said, adding that she lived on campus as a residence life coordinator. “There was no avoiding this hostile environment that I was working in.”

The campus began investigating Ryals’ allegations in January 2022 after she filed a formal complaint against Solana. She described several of the sexual harassment allegations raised in Pecota’s memo from months before and the hostility she said she faced following Solana’s rebuttal.

Cal Maritime said supervisors counseled Solana about the accusations while the investigation into Ryals’ complaint was continuing. The inquiry concluded in October 2022, finding that Solana had sexually harassed and retaliated against her in violation of CSU policy, campus records show. He was allowed to continue teaching because removing him from class would have resulted in “significant disruption and harm to the academic progress of students,” the campus said. He remains employed by the university but is not teaching.

Ryals left the university soon after the investigation began, ending her dream of becoming the first woman to captain the Golden Bear.

“I cared very greatly about educating and graduating the next generation of merchant mariners and being a mentor and helping to train and guide these young people,” she said. “It absolutely broke my heart to feel like that was all taken away from me.”

The investigation into training cruise culture was conducted by a civil rights expert from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and its findings were released early last year. The report cited frequent use of racist, sexist, transphobic and homophobic slurs on the ship and on campus, all of which were part of a more pervasive problem at the academy.

In response, campus officials said they strengthened the reporting and investigative process to ensure that sea training was more “positive, safe and equitable.”

But concerns about a hostile environment and a lack of thorough shipboard investigations surfaced again during a training cruise last summer.

As second mate, Elizabeth Neumyer was one of the top officers on the Golden Bear during the voyage. Troubled by the accusations of transphobia and homophobia noted in the campus report on cruise culture, she decided to head things off.

While cadets lined up during formation, Neumyer announced that she was a transgender woman.

“I didn’t want any students getting hurt, and I figured that one of the ways for them to potentially be safer was if people knew that the person who’s partially responsible for enforcing such things was from this community,” she recounted in an interview.

She received support from a number of people.

But before the ship’s departure in May, a student reported on an anonymous texting app that a classmate on the vessel allegedly said he wanted to kill the second mate because she is transgender, according to a report by the ship’s captain that was reviewed by The Times.

Campus police investigated and interviewed the cadet suspected of making the threat. The cadet denied wrongdoing, and an officer closed the case after concluding that it did “not appear that a criminal act occurred,” a police report shows. According to the campus, the ship captain alerted federal maritime officials to the threat.

Days later, as the ship headed to Seattle, Neumyer and a cadet who is transgender filed formal complaints.

“They didn’t do anything to assuage anyone’s fears,” Neumyer said of campus officials who probed the death threat.

Capt. Darrin Muenzberg and his third mate launched an investigation.

Internal records show that both officers said they were relying on their experience and best judgment because, as Muenzberg noted in his investigation report, there was an “absence of procedure, checklists, or guidelines for shipboard conduct of discrimination [and] harassment investigations.”

Their investigation found a hostile environment for the LGBTQ community. The cadet suspected of making the threat was kicked off the ship in Seattle for allegedly violating the student conduct code, the records show.

Muenzberg declined to comment.

Cal Maritime said the coordinator who oversees campus sexual misconduct and discrimination complaints, not the captain, is responsible for investigating wrongdoing on the Golden Bear.

But the coordinator is not assigned to the ship during sea training that lasts up to two months, which hinders evidence gathering when the case is fresh, Neumyer said.

After the Golden Bear returned from the training voyage, the campus conducted a “preliminary inquiry” into the hostile environment accusations but did not formally investigate because officials were unable to determine who was responsible, according to an email from the coordinator.

Neumyer said she became the first woman to captain the Golden Bear during a second training cruise last summer, which was overseen by the Maritime Administration and included cadets from several academies, including Cal Maritime.

She said Cal Maritime must develop clear procedures on how to investigate wrongdoing aboard the ship, including coordinating efforts between campus officials and the vessel’s captain during sea training.

“They’re throwing a lot of words at the problem, but they’re not putting any substance to it,” Neumyer said.

“It’s a system that just doesn’t work.”

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Colin farrell aborad the ss united states, cruise history: the golden bear ii – california maritime academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. the delta line’s delorleans served briefly on the “banana” south american run just before world war 2. but her destiny was great. training 1000s of american student cadets..

Posted by: Michael Grace March 23, 2009

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2.  But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets.

The DELORLEANS leaving New Orleans for South America in 1941.

The California Maritime Academy’s GOLDEN BEAR II – and later the ARTSHIP.

The DELORLEANS, later to become the California Maritime Academy’s GOLDEN BEAR II, was originally built as a combination first class passenger-cargo ship just prior to World War II.

DELORLEANS docked in New Orleans with American flag seen on hull.

She sailed from New Orleans to South America on 49-day cruises.

A segment of the DELORLEANS log book of South American voyages from New Orleans.

World War II was well underway in Europe.  Americans were not taking holidays in Europe.  Delta Line’s South America run out of New Orleans was neutral territory.

There were to have been six sister ships to serve the Delta Line’s “Coffee Run.”

Offering American flag service, between New Orleans and South America.

The ships were to be symbols of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy with South America.

They would be the first passenger-cargo ships of the 1938 Merchant Marine act – the DELBRASIL, DELORLEANS, DELARGENTINO, DELURUGUAY, DELORLEANS and DELARGENTINO.

But only three of the six ships had brief pre-war careers on the South American run.

The ships resembled Adriatic-built Italian motor liners, with counter stern and a compact “motor ship look” funnel.

All were cargo carries and carried 67 first class passengers.

Lounge with fireplace.

They had a Art Deco look that was very modern American popular in the late 1930s.

Entrance hall and modern stairway.

Streamlined, dramatic use of maple-wood for the dance floor, seating alcoves, red leather and contrasting black and white linoleum decking.  They all had indirect lighting.

Dining salon.

Since they were combined passenger-cargo ships, they had large staterooms compared to liners devoted to just carrying passengers.

Public rooms included a lounge, dining room, bar, smoking room and veranda café with a dance floor.

A swimming pool was located on the boat deck.

There was also a large promenade deck – partially glass enclosed.

All cabins had private facilities.

There were single, double or triple berthed cabins.

The DELBRAZIL, DELORLEANS and DELARGENTINO during their brief careers doing the “Coffee Run” to South America, did a brisk business.

Americans sought the safety promised by the large Stars and Stripes painted on the Del’s hulls.

And Copacabana beach seemed far from the blitzed battlegrounds for Europe.

Passage one-way from New Orleans to Brazil cost $200 per person.

This included transportation, accommodations and all meals.

The cuisine was first class and staterooms unusually spacious.  All were outside with two windows (not portholes).   There was a grand piano in the lounge.  Entertainment included shuffleboard, bingo, horse racing, bridge, concerts and dancing.  An orchestra was not carried but a retro version of a disc jockey played the latest big band dance music.  Movies were shown.

But since the passengers list was limited, those traveling aboard these new ships amused themselves with reading, conversation and making new friends.  Many of the travelers would have been business people.  So they would have kept in touch with their home offices by the ships wireless.   Many of the passengers were Spanish or Portuguese speaking.  The atmosphere was sophisticated and cosmopolitan.

They sailed at 1:00 pm from New Orleans on a six week round-trip itinerary, calling at: Pemambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

The service ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

After WW 2, Delta Lines would resume the service with the newly deluxe cargo-passenger ships Del Sud, Del Mar and Del Norte.

The U.S.S. CRESCENT CITY.

With the advent of World War 2, requisitioned by the U.S. Government in 1941, stripped the DELORLEANS for duty, and commissioned her as the U.S.S. CRESCENT CITY. She served during World War II in most of the major campaigns in the western Pacific theater.

The Cresent City (DELORLEANS) was decommissioned in San Francisco on 30 April 1948 and laid up.

Her two sisterships, DELBRAZIL and DELARGENTINO, were refitted and sailed as Farrell Line’s AFRICAN ENTERPRISE and AFRICAN ENDEAVOR operating from New York to South Africa into the late 1950s.  They were scrapped in 1969.

AFRICAN ENDEAVOR docking in Brooklyn the 1950s.

Dining aboard the Farrell Lines (the Delorleans’ sister-ships) from New York to South Africa.

Untouched until 1971, the DELORLEANS was finally revived by the Vallejo-based California Maritime Academy.

The T. S. GOLDEN BEAR on her annual cruise.

The T.S. GOLDEN BEAR in Sydney passing the Opera House on a cadet cruise.

Cadets aboard ship and crossing the Equator in the 1980s.

She would become the California Maritime Academy’s third training ship GOLDEN BEAR. By the time most of the other twenty-three C3P ships (including her five sisters) had been scrapped.  The former DELORLEANS was readied for a successful new career phase.

The first California Nautical School (that was the Academy’s original name from 1930 – 1940) was the U.S.S. Henry County, and renamed the T.S. California State after refurbishing in 1931.  At the beginning of WWII is was, again, renamed T.S. Golden State, and served as the Academy’s training ship from 1931 – 1946.  Then it was replaced with the T.S. Golden Bear I, which was in service from 1946 – 1971, when the T.S. Golden Bear II, came into service for the California Maritime Academy.

As the T.S. GOLDEN BEAR, ex-Delorleans, classrooms and dormitories were built into her holds.  She sailed for 24 years with a full company of cadets.  The T.S. GOLDEN BEAR II sailed on 28 major ocean cruises all over the world.

The T.S. GOLDEN BEAR II was finally retired and laid up at Suisun Bay in 1995 and replaced by a new ship – the T.S. GOLDEN BEAR III.

The T.S. GOLDEN BEAR III is the fourth and largest training ship at California Maritime Academy and the third to carry the name GOLDEN BEAR.  She is sometimes nicknamed “Square Bear” because of her unique profile.

The T.S. GOLDEN BEAR II was later acquired by the City of Oakland for use as an art colony and named the ARTSHIP.

The stairway in its final days as seen on the ARTSHIP.  The following photos are from the ARTSHIP project.

Initially ARTSHIP planned and crafted two programs and was on the brink of bringing in $1.5 million support from the US Department of Commerce for maritime and culinary industry job training. The Sailor’s Union of the Pacific endorsed the project. Maritime curriculum was created by one of the founding members of the ARTSHIP and Captain Ray Addicott who had been chairman for seven years.

The possibility lost. The pressures of Bay Area real estate interests won out for Oakland’s waterfront development.  The City of Oakland sued and evicted ARTSHIP on January 1st 2004.  Its agency the Port of Oakland strong-armed ARTSHIP Foundation to renounce its title to the ship and sold it for scrap.

The DELORLEANS, CRESCENT CITY, GOLDEN BEAR II, ARTSHIP still exists, has not been scrapped and is located in Vallejo harbor.

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Cal Maritime Training Ship Resumes Cruise After Accident In Caribbean

May 23, 2019 / 1:22 PM PDT / CBS San Francisco

VALLEJO (CBS / AP) — The California Maritime Academy's training ship Golden Bear  is resuming a cruise after being damaged in an accident in the eastern Caribbean.

The academy says the ship struck a shoreside gantry crane while arriving in Barbados this week under the control of a local pilot.

The ship's main mast was damaged but no one on board or on shore was injured.

Capt. Sam Pecota said in a statement that the damage was not severe but a scheduled stay in Barbados was canceled so the crew could make repairs.

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The academy says the U.S. Coast Guard has approved the vessel's departure and its next stop is Lisbon, Portugal.

The California State University Maritime Academy is located in Vallejo. The twin-diesel Golden Bear is a former Navy hydrographic survey vessel.

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The integration — which would be complete by the start of the 2026-27 academic year — requires the approval of the CSU Board of Trustees. The board will be asked to act on the recommendation at its November meeting following information sessions at its July and September meetings.

CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Nathan Evans made the recommendation to Chancellor Mildred García.

“The integration of Cal Maritime and Cal Poly will benefit the students, faculty and staff of both institutions, as well as advance the broader mission of the CSU system by enhancing the quality, diversity and sustainability of the CSU’s academic programs and services statewide,” said Relyea and Evans in a CSU statement. “In addition, it will serve industry and workforce needs of the state of California and of the nation while also supporting U.S. economic and national security interests. We are confident in our recommendation.”

Garcia was also in favor of the integration.

“The recommended integration of Cal Maritime and Cal Poly is an innovative and vitally necessary strategy with benefits that will be felt throughout the CSU, the state of California and our nation,” said García. “It provides a long-term solution to Cal Maritime’s untenable fiscal circumstances, preserves its licensure-granting academic programs so key to the maritime industry and our state’s and nation’s economy and security, and leverages academic and operational synergies between the two universities that will benefit California’s diverse students, families and communities for generations.”

The only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast and one of only six state maritime academies in the U.S., Cal Maritime has experienced a 31 percent enrollment decline over the last seven years. The enrollment has gone from approximately 1,100 students in 2016-17 to just over 750 in 2023-24, according to the CSU statement. There are 81 members of faculty;  with 176 staff. The annual budget for the school is $53 million. The rising employment and operational costs have contributed to Cal Maritime’s fiscal crisis.

Cal Maritime Class of 2023 cadets take their U.S. Coast Guard Licensing Oath at Saturday's commencement ceremony. (Thomas Gase -- Times-Herald)

The proposal also comes after recent controversy. A Vallejo Times-Herald report in 2021 exposed decades-long claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment, homophobia, transphobia and racism on campus and during training cruises. Cal Maritime students and employees reported accusations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment aboard the 500-foot ship to officials at the Vallejo campus between 2019-2022.

In 2021 transgender student Sophia Scopazzi, a then senior who was part of the Gender Equity Committee, voiced concern over different treatment students received based on perceived gender.

Last summer Dumont began his tenure as interim president at Cal Maritime, taking over for Thomas A. Cropper who announced in November of 2022 that he would retire in August of 2023.

Since then the school has been recognized on multiple spots on the badge-eligible list of U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2024 Best Colleges. The college was recognized for top performances in academic reputation, cost of attendance and return on investment. The college scored No. 1 for Top Public Schools and ranked No. 2 out of 103 for Regional Colleges-West.

Additionally, Cal Maritime was included on Forbes’ list of  America’s Top Colleges 2023. Forbes’ annual list showcases 500 of the finest U.S. colleges, ranked using data on student success, return on investment and alumni influence.

Although CSU said in its statement that the challenges the school faces is nothing new, Cal Maritime has implemented several actions to reduce expenses and increase revenues.

“Cal Maritime has been part of Vallejo’s rich history and a source of pride for eight decades. Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have played an important role in the history of the state, the region and the nation,” said Cal Maritime Interim President Michael Dumont. “An integration with Cal Poly is an amazing opportunity to honor that legacy by preserving one of the nation’s premier maritime academies.”

Cal Maritime cadets prepare for departure on the Golden Bear training vessel as it heads for Hawaii in 2021 . (Chris RileyTimes-Herald)

Under the recommendation, Cal Maritime would retain its maritime focus within Cal Poly, with the integration of operations, resources and governance structure. Cal Maritime’s specialized degree programs, three of which lead to a Merchant Marine license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, would continue to be offered at the Vallejo campus. Both institutions would benefit from expanded academic offerings, research opportunities and facilities.

Cal Maritime’s students would become part of the Cal Poly student body and benefit from Cal Poly’s strong reputation as a comprehensive polytechnic institution and gain access to a broad range of academic facilities and student services.

“As I’ve reflected upon this new opportunity the CSU has asked Cal Poly to take on, I’ve recognized the value it provides both Cal Poly and Cal Maritime,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Both of our institutions share an innovative, hands-on, learn by doing approach and academic programming that is rooted in world-class engineering. I am optimistic and confident that we can leverage these and our other collective strengths to build upon and ensure our future success.”

Following the announcement by CSU, both State Senator Bill Dodd and U.S. Congressman John Garamendi said they were pleased with the possible integration.

“Cal Maritime is an essential resource for California and the entire nation, so ensuring the campus continues to educate maritime leaders is paramount,” Dodd said. “It’s critical for public safety, economic prosperity and national security. I’ve spoken with the chancellor’s office and I appreciate her commitment to ensuring the campus is sustainable and that Vallejo continues to produce graduates now and for generations to come.”

“This integration should allow CSU students at both the Vallejo and San Luis Obispo campuses to benefit from a strengthened academic curriculum and graduate with a nationally recognized degree that prepares them for the maritime jobs of the future in nautical engineering and the burgeoning offshore renewable energy industry,” Garamendi said. “As Vallejo’s Congressman, I work each year to secure millions in federal funding for Cal Maritime, including building the replacement vessel for the Academy’s aging training ship, Golden Bear. I will hold the CSU Chancellor to her commitment to keep Cal Maritime’s Vallejo campus open for years to come.”

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A college of engineering, management, science, and transportation, 2024 summer training cruise, day 33: shipmates.

Today marks 33 days that we have been onboard and the 11th straight day of being in the middle of the ocean with no land anywhere in sight. To say I am proud of the development and leadership-building  practices I see would be an understatement. As the RC (Regimental Commander), I can get bogged down with all the work that is required on a day-to-day basis, but the Midshipmen raise my spirits and make every second unforgettable. They help me enjoy all the little victories that often get overlooked. That is why I wake up everyday and give them my best because they return that same discipline.

We are thriving and morale is high after all our setbacks; we never relented. This group of Midshipmen are special and have proven time and time again what Maine Maritime represents: resilient, dedicated, hard-working, life-long learners. I cannot state enough how proud I am of all the members of this cruise that have put together an experience none of us will forget. In my role as the RC I have the absolute honor of working with all groups of Midshipmen 2/C and 4/C, deck and engine. I have learned a lot about my peers not only as individuals but as leaders. I have watched everyone flourish and grow into amazing shipmates. The care we take of each other is unmatched and you will not find a closer group than the one currently on the T.S. State of Maine.

We have recently launched 4 ARGO Floats that will further research of the salinity of the oceans. This was an outstanding way to unite the whole vessel and reach a goal that we were all excited for. The hard work put in by the Cadet 2 nd Mate, 2/C Sage Dentremont, laid the foundation for this great success.

Out of the 246 souls on board, a special 45 souls, the crew, faculty, and staff, pour their hearts and time into all Midshipmen to create the industry’s best mariners. The countless hours, restless nights, and care they dedicate to us, drives us to be our best versions everyday to not let them down. Time is the greatest gift you can give someone because you are giving them a piece of you, you will never get back. This crew, faculty, and staff give us all the time, guidance, and leadership we need so we can be our best reflection of the Academy. Finally, to be apart of this family, build the change we want to see in this world, and be able to add to such an incredible legacy is truly a special, humbling experience. I am proud to be a Maine Maritime mariner and apart of this life-changing experience.

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  4. Golden Bear (ship)

    The first training ship of the California Maritime Academy was the T.S. Golden State.Originally planned to be named the SS Lake Fellowship, after construction, the ship was launched on October 18, 1919. After completion, she was commissioned in November 1920 as the SS Henry County.In the mid-1920s, the SS Henry County was placed out of service in the James River Reserve Fleet.

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    The department also arranges the training during the second year, when most cadets embark on a commercial ship. This is your opportunity to experience the professional side of the maritime industry. Cal Maritime's Office of Marine Programs may be reached at 707-654-1211.

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    The Office of Marine Program also arranges the training following the sophomore year of the licensed-track cadets. This is the time when many of these cadets embark on a commercial ship for an opportunity to experience the professional side of the maritime industry. Cal Maritime's Office of Marine Programs may be reached at 707-654-1211.

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    Schedule: Class 1824 at Cal Maritime Academy. Class1824 will be held July 15-19, 2024 (week-long residential summer camp) Academy Classes. The 2024 California Cadet Academy, week-long camp, (residential) will be held in July 15-19, 2024. Email, text or call to check availability. Please contact our office regarding updates.

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    The California Maritime Academy seeks applicants for temporary positions to serve as Deck Training Officers/Watch Officers for the 2024 annual training cruise. Applicants expecting to be considered for this position must complete their online application and submit requested materials to Human Resources. This position will remain open until filled.

  18. Cal Maritime Training Ship Resumes Cruise After Accident In Caribbean

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    Training cruises are designed as 4-credit courses with corresponding academic projects, called sea-projects, and successful completion of all three are required for graduation. First year students (4/C Midshipmen) will complete a Summer Training Cruise on the training ship. This experience will teach them the basics of life at sea, introductory ...

  23. Summer Training Cruise Dates Set

    Feb 4, 2022. Updated: 03/22/2022. Cal Maritime has set the dates and destinations for its summer training cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, the highlight of many cadets' experiences at the maritime academy. The ship will depart Vallejo in early May, travel to Los Angeles, Seattle, Hawaii, Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico prior ...

  24. Marine Programs

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  25. Day 33: Shipmates

    Day 33: Shipmates. Posted on: June 7, 2024. Today marks 33 days that we have been onboard and the 11th straight day of being in the middle of the ocean with no land anywhere in sight. To say I am proud of the development and leadership-building practices I see would be an understatement. As the RC (Regimental Commander), I can get bogged down ...

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