290 feet long icebreaker Mackinaw (WAGB 83) was built in Toledo,
Ohio and commissioned December 30, 1944. It was joined by the new Coast
Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB 30) in October
2005 and decommissioned June 10, 2006. Later that month, the final Coast
Guard Crew, under the command of Commander Joseph C. McGuiness, sailed
the Mighty Mac to its namesake, Mackinaw City, where it has been moored
at the former dock of the railroad ferry Chief Wawatam. The crew removed
much of the electronic equipment and computers, leaving shells to look
much the same. At the end of June, WAGB 83 was turned over to Icebreaker
Mackinaw Maritime Museum, Inc.
The Mackinaw Museum
opened in August of 2006 and the photos on this page were taken that fall.
Much more of the space below the Mackinaw's decks has been opened to the
public since that time and new photos
from below decks were taken in June, 2009.
The old Coast Guard
Cutter Mackinaw is available for conventions, corporate retreats, and weddings.
The Mackinaw has space to accommodate about 40 people at desks, and has
facilities for food preparation. The Mackinaw museum ship as hosted several
Mackinaw crew reunions.
The Mackinaw Maritime
Museum will be open daily at 9AM from May 20 to October 9. The museum closes
at 7PM from June 19 - August 20 and Labor Day weekend. It closes at 5PM
during the rest of the season. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for ages
6-17. All current and former USCG personnel are admitted FREE with proper
Main Bridge of the Mackinaw.
The chrome at top center is the
voice tube to the lookout. The cane at right is for use in an electrical
emergency (to avoid electrocution).
The three phones, side-by-side are voice powered.
minute video of Mackinaw underway - courtesy of United States Coast
Length: 290 feet
Beam: 74' 4"
Speed: 18.7 knots
Power Plant: Six diesel
engines with electric drive, three shafts (one forward, two aft), 10,000
Ice breaking Capability:
Three feet at three knots