Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Below Decks

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Tour of the Icebreaker Mackinaw while it was
still in operation - October 24, 2005

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in operation

Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WAGB 83) board room is the first stop on the museum tour

Although I had twice before toured the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (once while it was in service), my first opportunity to tour the Captain's Quarters and engine room didn't come until June, 2009 when these photos were taken.

CPO Mess - US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
Chief Petty Officers' Mess

1st Class Head - US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
First Class Head

Female berthing - Icebreaker Mackinaw
Female Berthing - during its final tour of duty, only 5 crew women were berthed in this compartment and three of
the upper bunks were empty

USCGC Mackinaw engines
The Mackinaw has 3 sets of two, 2 cycle, Fairbanks Morse diesel engines. Each pair is in a separate, water tight
engine room. The 10 cylinder engines were named by the crew. These two have the names "Jake" and "Elwood"
(from the Blues Brothers) painted on them. The 1,750 horsepower engines generate electricity - the Mackinaw uses
electric motors to turn the shaft and propellers

Heeling and trimming control panel on the USCGC Mackinaw
Controls for Heeling and Trimming - the Mackinaw's heeling system allowed water to be pumped between tanks on both
side of the vessel. If the Mackinaw was stuck in heavy ice, the heeling system could "rock" the boat to help free it. This
panel also controlled the flow of water to and from trim tanks in the bow and stern.

Crew dining room

USCGC Mackinaw Galley (kitchen)

Portion of the spacious Captain's Quarters which were located directly below the bridge, allowing him to reach the command.
station in seconds. The final Captain of the Mackinaw was Commander Joseph C. McGuiness.

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