Our instructors are experienced maritime professionals who prepare students via classroom instruction, experiential learning, critical on–water training and professional development. Both maritime programs conclude with a mandatory 60-to-90-day at–sea internship aboard a large commercial vessel.
The fleet consists of:
The larger vessels are further described in the Training Fleet (below) section of our website.
In January 2008, F/V E.L. BARTLETT was donated to Seattle Maritime Academy by Lloyd Cannon. Mr. Cannon is considered one of the pioneers of the king crab fishing industry and principal at All Alaskan Seafood, a major Alaskan fishing and processing operations.
The T/V Maritime Instructor was originally commissioned as a Coast Guard cutter of the WPB “Point” class for use in coastal patrol duties. Built by the Coast Guard in 1962, the cutter was christened the USCGC Point Divide (WPB 82337) and took up station in Corona Del Mar, California in March 1963.
The cutter’s primary mission role was Search and Rescue. Secondary missions included assignments in law enforcement, boating safety, military preparedness, marine environmental response and public relations. As a public relations vehicle, the vessel appeared on television in serial shows such as Baywatch and a CNN documentary on the “drug war”.
In addition, she made cameo appearances in Hollywood films. The cutter spent its entire 31–year Coast Guard career in southern California; the normal operating area consisted of well over two million square miles extending from San Diego northward to Point Dume, CA with occasional voyages to Baja California and the Pacific Northwest.
Two of the more noteworthy events of her career include escorting the British royal yacht Britannia along the California coast during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II and interdicting the F/V Ocean Joy attempting to smuggle 10 tons of marijuana into the United States.
In 1995 the USCGC Point Divide was declared surplus to the Coast Guard’s needs and handed over to Seattle Maritime Academy under sponsorship of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Following acquisition by SMA the vessel was renamed the Maritime Instructor.