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Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Above: The now retired USCGC Mackinaw at it's final resting place in Mackinac City, Michigan. Notice the red hull color, changed shortly after the photograph below was taken.

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

The USCGC Mackinaw is breaking ice in Lake Huron on March 3, 2000.

USCGC Mackinaw


United States Coast Guard

Home Port: 9th Coast Guard District, Cheboygan, MI 

Type:  Ice Breaker / Museum Ship

Built:  1944

Engine Type:  (6) Diesel

Displacement: 5,252 tons

Length:  290 ' - 0"

Beam: 74' - 0"

Draft: 19' - 0"

Maximum Speed: 18 knots

Range: 41,000 nautical miles at cruising speed. 10,000 at full speed

Primary Missions: Domestic Ice Operations, Marine Science, Search and Rescue

Typical Crew: 75 Personnel (8 Officers, 67 Enlisted)

Armament: Small arms

History: USCGC Mackinaw is the only 290-foot WAGB in Service. This vessel was designed and configured to perform its missions specifically on the Great Lakes. It works to keep the shipping lanes in the St. Lawrence Seaway open through as much of the winter as possible. She is now retired and sits in Mackinac City, Michigan as a Museum Ship


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Bow Thruster - used to help break ice.

Moored in Mackinaw City, Michigan - June 2006

Photographer: Keith W. Churill


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