Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber (Buckeye)

Mackinaw was built in 2005, is 240 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Mackinaw old
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The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw departed Duluth on March 17, 2009, giving her parting salute as she left.
20090616_7318The Mackinaw (WLBB-30) is a one of a kind 240-foot icebreaker and buoy tender, built at Marinette Marine Corporation, in Marinette, WI. She was launched on April 2, 2005. The Coast Guard took possession of the ship on November 17, 2005. At right, she departed Duluth on June 16, 2009.

The day before the launch: April 1, 2005.

Above and below, taken on Friday, April 1, 2005, the day before the launch, from the north bank of the Menominee River, in Michigan.

The Launch, April 2, 2005

My video was taken from the stern; here is the bow on launch day with a ladder for dignitaries ready for just before the launch. Below, the crowd is ready.
Above, last minute check of rigging

Visits to Duluth Superior

Picture above taken April 15, 2014
Picture above taken June 16, 2009; below, she crosses in front of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to dock at the DECC; she arrived using the Superior entry


  1. Terry Dahlen says:

    You must of been a sailor @ some point, to be able to stay afoot..Always enjoy your photography and insight to
    The ships that steam into the port of Duluth…Thank Thank You..

  2. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    What a beautiful ship

  3. The mackinaw is here bout 1 mile out!

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