Midshipman Daniel Feeney of Marcellus returned recently to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he is a student, after spending a number of months at sea training aboard U.S. merchant vessels.
Feeney, the son of Beth and Kevin Feeney, sailed on U.S. merchant ships as part of the academy's required work-study program, which provides our nation's future mariners with shipboard experience.
Among the countries he visited were Belgium, Great Britain and Germany.
A graduate of Marcellus High School, he was nominated to attend the academy by state Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
All students at the academy spend part of their sophomore and junior years at sea, gaining practical knowledge about the performance and operating characteristics of various types of merchant vessels. They become familiar with the ocean trade routes of the world.
Located in Kings Point, N.Y., the academy is operated by the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.