A borrowed ship from California has become the floating summer school home for more than 300 maritime students and staff from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the TS Golden Bear departed Saturday from the Port of Galveston as part of Sea Aggies training. The 500-foot vessel is normally operated by the California State University Maritime Academy.
The Golden Bear set sail with about 260 members of the Corps of Cadets, plus 70 faculty and staff, for two months in the Gulf of Mexico and ocean experience. Daryn Taylor, who's a senior, says the voyage combines the stresses of college life and being on a working vessel in the open sea.
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Texas A&M has a smaller training ship, the General Rudder, which can accommodate 50 students.