“The United States Coast Guard ICEBREAKER MACKINAW WAGB-83 is known as the “Queen of the Great Lakes” and “The Largest Icebreaker on the Great Lakes”. She was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands of war materials and transportation during the winter months.
Decommissioned in 2006, she now resides at her namesake home of Mackinaw City, Michigan, and is open for public tours, educational tours, overnight encampments and group e…vents. Informative displays and tour guides will tell you the story of the Mackinaw’s 62-year career of breaking ice on the Great Lakes and serving as a goodwill ambassador throughout the region.”
The USCG Mackinaw WAGB 83 is seen here in March of 1955 breaking ice in the slip. The Mackinaw also visited Midland and other Georgian Bay ports. Note the Helicopter on the stern deck.
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Photos courtesy of Huronia Museum (Free Press Collection)