State of Michigan arrives in state of Minnesota, Duluth to be exact

stateofmichigan20110615_3561 The State of Michigan, a training boat owned and operated by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, arrived in port this morning at 7:57.  She will be at the dock behind the DECC until Thursday evening. The Academy trains men and women to serve as officers in the Merchant Marine. Located in Traverse City, MI, the school is one of seven maritime academies in the United States, and the only one where every deck officer earns both an unlimited tonnage ocean license and Great Lakes pilotage. Upon graduation, GLMA mariners are qualified to sail as Merchant Marine Officers on vessels serving on the Great Lakes or oceans and are awarded both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate’s in Maritime Technology.

State of Michigan training ship visits

The State of Michigan arrived in the Twin Ports late Sunday afternoon (above). In this case, the State of Michigan is the training ship used by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. It is docked behind the DECC and is expected to be open for public tours this afternoon. Before becoming in a training ship, it sailed as the Persistent and did submarine surveillance for the Navy. It was also used by the Coast Guard in their battle with the drug trade.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2008