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Captain Thomas A. Grace -- Maritime Biography Thomas A. Grace’s formal involvement as a maritime professional began in 1983 with his affiliation as a volunteer with the Tall Ship Schooner Ernestina / ex. Effie M. Morrissey. His initiation into the dynamics of major reconstruction and refitting of a wooden vessel of these proportions—Class B, 98 gross tons, 156 LOA, 8323 square feet—began with a job as carpenter’s assistant. He soon progressed to crew: deckhand, senior deckhand, rigger, bos’n’s mate, and chief mate. Captain Grace logged 36,000 miles of sea time aboard this National Historic Landmark and ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This time logged in journeys to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Great Lakes, and many East Coast cities both off and on the tall ship circuit. Captain Grace has crewed aboard Spirit of Massachusetts, Bill of Rights, Providence, New Way and Anna Kristina. He was a prime mover in a crew appointed in 1991 to repair and sail Ernestina from Miami back to homeport of New Bedford after her stranding through Hurricane Grace. He earned the City of New Bedford’s Award of Acclaim for courage and seaworthiness for this mission, as well as testimonials from fellow crew members for his rapid, intelligent action fixing spars broken through the Hatteras stretch. In 1994, he incorporated a nonprofit cultural organization to promote the Schooner Ernestina’s Centennial. Captain Grace began working as a deckhand for Moon-Raker Marine, a minority-owned company which spearheaded the Ernestina rescue mission. In this capacity, he assisted in the transport of passengers and supplies aboard the M/V New Moon (1994-1999) in its capacity in the Boston Harbor Project. During this 1993-1997 timeframe, he also served as contractor and yard worker on the M/V New Moon to achieve U.S.C.G. certification as 48-passenger crew/supply boat. In this capacity, he serviced the Spectacle Island rehabilitation project as part of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel (CA/T) Project (“Big Dig”) –Boston Harbor Project. Captain Grace enrolled at Northeast Maritime Institute in order to pursue his Captain’s License. He was issued his Master of Steam or Motor Vessels, 100 GT N.C. in 1997 and a 500 GT Captain/1600 Mate in 2005. He has earned a range of credentials: OUTV, STCW Certificate; Able Seaman Unlimited; Radar Observer (unlimited); Sail Endorsement; F.C.C. Marine Radio Operator Permit; Lifeboatman Certificate; CPR/ First Aid Certificate/Instructor; Instructor’s Certificate; Advanced Firefighting; Flashing Light and Bridge Resource Mgmt. 1600 T. He has also earned credits in mathematics and computer science at the University of Massachusetts (Boston and N. Dartmouth, MA). After earning his Captain’s License in 1997, Captain Grace worked for Boston Waterbus from 1997-2001 as Master of a 48- passenger crew transport vessel of more than 65 tons, managing all operations in the implemented schedule of a minimum of 24 legs in 12 hours. Boston Waterbus is a DCR vendor providing transportation to and from the 26 islands in Boston Harbor. Captain Grace served on the M/V Knott’s Island, a 99--ton landing craft to Spectacle Island- B. H. P., and the M/V Seabreeze. As Master of the M/V Seabreeze, he operated the crew/supply vessel from Deer Island in Boston Harbor to the IB 909 jack-up platform positioned over the Outfall Pipe 16 miles offshore. Captain Grace also worked for drilling specialists Warren George, Inc. (2000-2001) as Master of Tugboats Little C, Betty G, Sandy G, Linda G, Annie G and the self-propelled jack-up rig Catherine G. He transported personnel and barges with drilling equipment to over 30 sites on the New Bedford Harbor Project waters within +/- 1.0 feet of proposed DGPS sites for various and core sample drilling. He also delivered the Tug Little C and a 70-foot barge with drilling equipment to Jersey City, New Jersey. Captain Grace’s tenure with Northeast Maritime Institute began in 2001. He worked as Master of the Institute’s M/V Morgan, a 62 Ton Army T-424 used as a training platform for Able-Seafarers Certification and for practical examinations: radar, anchoring helm commands, lookout, and watch standing. He has also taught the following subjects for N.M.I.: Proficiency in Survival Craft and A.B. courses; 100 Ton Captain’s course and 500 Ton I.T.C, in the Caribbean; STCW, and CPR/First Aid He has prepared and delivered material, organized and developed resources, and designed an integrated system of both PowerPoint and print materials compatible with course objectives. His technical expertise has also been utilized in the successful management of both lifeboats and life rafts. He has been a catalyst for energizing learning areas and for the communication of Northeast Maritime Institute programs and goals to build enrollment and community presence. He has transported the N.M.I. standard of learning to N.M.I. Caribbean initiatives, training Captains in Carriacou, Tortola, and Dominica. While a key team member, specifically as agent of the Dominica Maritime Registry Inc., he also implemented the ISPS code. Captain Grace earned his 500 Ton license and resumed work for the towboat industry, working for Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co. LLC, Warren George, Inc. and Weeks Marine. These projects involved constructions at sea (bridges, tunnels, docks, heavy lift crane barges, drill platforms), working hand-in-hand with (among many others) pile drivers, steelworkers, divers, Heavy Lift Masters, cable layers and the Army Corps of Engineers. He has also towed volatile materials, including sulfuric acid, in barges. Captain Grace has been responsible for the delivery and return of scows working in restricted depths. In all these capacities, he has proven to be a team player. Read More

Captain Thomas A. Grace -- Maritime Biography Thomas A. Grace’s formal involvement as a maritime professional began in 1983 with his affiliation as a volunteer with the Tall Ship Schooner Ernestina / ex. Effie M. Morrissey. His initiation into the dynamics of major reconstruction and refitting of a wooden vessel of these proportions—Class B, 98 gross tons, 156 LOA, 8323 square feet—began with a job as carpenter’s assistant. He soon progressed to crew: deckhand, senior deckhand, rigger, bos’n’s mate, and chief mate. Captain Grace logged 36,000 miles of sea time aboard this National Historic Landmark and ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This time logged in journeys to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Great Lakes, and many East Coast cities both off and on the tall ship circuit. Captain Grace has crewed aboard Spirit of Massachusetts, Bill of Rights, Providence, New Way and Anna Kristina. He was a prime mover in a crew appointed in 1991 to repair and sail Ernestina from Miami back to homeport of New Bedford after her stranding through Hurricane Grace. He earned the City of New Bedford’s Award of Acclaim for courage and seaworthiness for this mission, as well as testimonials from fellow crew members for his rapid, intelligent action fixing spars broken through the Hatteras stretch. In 1994, he incorporated a nonprofit cultural organization to promote the Schooner Ernestina’s Centennial. Captain Grace began working as a deckhand for Moon-Raker Marine, a minority-owned company which spearheaded the Ernestina rescue mission. In this capacity, he assisted in the transport of passengers and supplies aboard the M/V New Moon (1994-1999) in its capacity in the Boston Harbor Project. During this 1993-1997 timeframe, he also served as contractor and yard worker on the M/V New Moon to achieve U.S.C.G. certification as 48-passenger crew/supply boat. In this capacity, he serviced the Spectacle Island rehabilitation project as part of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel (CA/T) Project (“Big Dig”) –Boston Harbor Project. Captain Grace enrolled at Northeast Maritime Institute in order to pursue his Captain’s License. He was issued his Master of Steam or Motor Vessels, 100 GT N.C. in 1997 and a 500 GT Captain/1600 Mate in 2005. He has earned a range of credentials: OUTV, STCW Certificate; Able Seaman Unlimited; Radar Observer (unlimited); Sail Endorsement; F.C.C. Marine Radio Operator Permit; Lifeboatman Certificate; CPR/ First Aid Certificate/Instructor; Instructor’s Certificate; Advanced Firefighting; Flashing Light and Bridge Resource Mgmt. 1600 T. He has also earned credits in mathematics and computer science at the University of Massachusetts (Boston and N. Dartmouth, MA). After earning his Captain’s License in 1997, Captain Grace worked for Boston Waterbus from 1997-2001 as Master of a 48- passenger crew transport vessel of more than 65 tons, managing all operations in the implemented schedule of a minimum of 24 legs in 12 hours. Boston Waterbus is a DCR vendor providing transportation to and from the 26 islands in Boston Harbor. Captain Grace served on the M/V Knott’s Island, a 99--ton landing craft to Spectacle Island- B. H. P., and the M/V Seabreeze. As Master of the M/V Seabreeze, he operated the crew/supply vessel from Deer Island in Boston Harbor to the IB 909 jack-up platform positioned over the Outfall Pipe 16 miles offshore. Captain Grace also worked for drilling specialists Warren George, Inc. (2000-2001) as Master of Tugboats Little C, Betty G, Sandy G, Linda G, Annie G and the self-propelled jack-up rig Catherine G. He transported personnel and barges with drilling equipment to over 30 sites on the New Bedford Harbor Project waters within +/- 1.0 feet of proposed DGPS sites for various and core sample drilling. He also delivered the Tug Little C and a 70-foot barge with drilling equipment to Jersey City, New Jersey. Captain Grace’s tenure with Northeast Maritime Institute began in 2001. He worked as Master of the Institute’s M/V Morgan, a 62 Ton Army T-424 used as a training platform for Able-Seafarers Certification and for practical examinations: radar, anchoring helm commands, lookout, and watch standing. He has also taught the following subjects for N.M.I.: Proficiency in Survival Craft and A.B. courses; 100 Ton Captain’s course and 500 Ton I.T.C, in the Caribbean; STCW, and CPR/First Aid He has prepared and delivered material, organized and developed resources, and designed an integrated system of both PowerPoint and print materials compatible with course objectives. His technical expertise has also been utilized in the successful management of both lifeboats and life rafts. He has been a catalyst for energizing learning areas and for the communication of Northeast Maritime Institute programs and goals to build enrollment and community presence. He has transported the N.M.I. standard of learning to N.M.I. Caribbean initiatives, training Captains in Carriacou, Tortola, and Dominica. While a key team member, specifically as agent of the Dominica Maritime Registry Inc., he also implemented the ISPS code. Captain Grace earned his 500 Ton license and resumed work for the towboat industry, working for Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co. LLC, Warren George, Inc. and Weeks Marine. These projects involved constructions at sea (bridges, tunnels, docks, heavy lift crane barges, drill platforms), working hand-in-hand with (among many others) pile drivers, steelworkers, divers, Heavy Lift Masters, cable layers and the Army Corps of Engineers. He has also towed volatile materials, including sulfuric acid, in barges. Captain Grace has been responsible for the delivery and return of scows working in restricted depths. In all these capacities, he has proven to be a team player.

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