Third Mate – Chris Cusson


Chris started his career at sea in the United States Coast Guard at the age of 18.  After 4 years in the UCSG taking him from places such as Homer, Alaska to the Panama Canal, he entered Maine Maritime Academy where he spent 2 years and currently holds a 200 Near Coastal License.

He spent last season as Third Mate and Engineer.  This summer he will continue his duties as Third Mate and will be taking over the Safety Officer duties.  With myself, Joe and Chris we will have 3 officers going into their second year in the same positions.  This is a huge benefit to the ship.  The learning curve will not be as steep which will let us hit the ground running. 

Chris’s positive attitude and ability to liven up the atmosphere with the crew is invaluable with maintaining a high level of morale on the ship.  His passion for Niagara and our sail training program shines through in all the work he does on board.


About Billy Sabatini

I am the Chief Mate of the US Brig Niagara. I've been sailing on Niagara since 2005 and have held the position of Third Mate, Second Mate, Engineer and now Chief Mate. I am also a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and Tabor Academy and hold a 200 Near Coastal Master's License.
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12 Responses to Third Mate – Chris Cusson

  1. Alice says:

    you are awesome.

    you owe me 30 bucks.

    How’s that?

    seriously, love ya man. Hope to see you soon and hang out this summer. You going to be an uncle soon! YAY
    haha, love you cus

  2. Tamie says:

    You are looking good and we miss ya.
    Have a great summer sailing.
    Love from your Aunt.

  3. Kevin Carter says:

    you owe me $30 bucks too dude. hahaha. I’m sure i’ll see you at some point in the next few weeks.

  4. Anna says:

    Chris Cusson, he’s the mon!

  5. lorraine chubbs says:

    Looking Great dude….wishing you a fantastic summer of work, fun and good friends. You take good care. Look forward to seeing you again, some time.
    Big hugs and love from home.

  6. Joey says:

    in that case you owe me $30 too, if everyone else is asking, i figured i might as well and hope for the best, but seriously….

    chris your passion for sailing is outstanding, and your dreams are bigger than any ship! love ya cuz! and you and quote me 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    You rock bro! Love ya! and can’t wait to see you!..Tuesday looks like a done deal but he could still come before then (always the possibility) but looks like tuesday!

    Can’t wait to see you sail again either. You really are in your element then, it is amazing to see!

  8. Chris is a super young man and is a wonderful asset to a crew of any Ship.

  9. Tom O'Keefe says:

    Well done Chris,
    Long may you big jib draw.


  10. Dukhey says:

    You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man! You’re the man!
    -From The Dukhey Family

  11. Sydnee says:

    I feel the need to be fair and visit both of your blogs.

  12. Maire says:

    Dude, you are completely awesome! Kevin had a
    great time and I hope you worked him hard! I
    am extremely grateful that he had this
    experience, and now he’s talking a different
    language – sailing! Thank you, love and kisses,
    Aunt Maire

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