USCGC Mackinaw WAGB-83
Much loved by boat watcher, the icebreaker
Mackinaw was launched in December 1944, at the end of World War II and served well for years until
her machinery became too expensive to repair. She was constructed for the unique need of the Great Lakes
and is the only Mackinaw class icebreaker ever built. The Mac was retired in 2006 and in now a museum ship in
The icebreaker Mackinaw rests on a dry sink, instead of in a dry dock.
USCGC Mackinaw WLBB-30
The replacement icebreaker
was tested and ready to take over when the old Mac retired. The vessel doesn't have all the same
qualities of her namesake, but is powerful in her own right. It is expected she will serve the
Great Lakes proudly for decades to come.
A Model Takes Shape
The Model Itself Nears Completion
Details on All Sides
Final Touches, Individually Crafted Buoys, Carefully
Learn more about the two icebreakers Mackinaw, starting with the
Coast Guard site
and mightymac.org, accessed December 2, 2015.
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