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Mackinaw City Railroad Dock / USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83

 
 
Mackinaw City Railroad Dock Marker<br>(<i>side 1, marker #707</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2011
1. Mackinaw City Railroad Dock Marker
(side 1, marker #707)
Inscription.  
Mackinaw City Railroad Dock (side 1, marker #707)
Before the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957, ships were the only means of connecting Michigan's peninsulas. During the 1870s, small sailing vessels served as ferries. Steamboats took over when the Michigan Central Railroad reached Mackinaw in 1881. The creation of the railroad car ferry system and the construction of this dock and one like it in St. Ignace enabled ferries to shuttle rail cars across the Straits of Mackinac year-round. The A-frame adjusted the height of the tracks to match the decks of the ships. Upper Peninsula copper and iron ore were the main cargo. The ice-breaking ferry Chief Wawatam was unique for loading cars through the bow. It ceased operations in 1984 and the tracks were removed in 1991.

USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83 (side 2, marker #708)
Built in 1944 at a cost of $10 million, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw had six ten-cylinder engines that enabled it to cut through several feet of lake ice. The powerful steel icebreaker was commissioned during World War II to aid year round navigation
USCG Cutter <i>Mackinaw</i> WAGB 83 Marker<br>(<i>side 2, marker #708</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2011
2. USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83 Marker
(side 2, marker #708)
so freighters could carry raw materials for war production. For sixty-two years Mackinaw left its home port of Cheboygan to open or extend the navigation season, clear the shipping lanes, or free vessels that were stuck in the ice. Mackinaw was unsurpassed in size and capability among icebreakers. When the coast guard decommissioned the vessel in 2006, it was moved to Mackinaw City and given to the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum.

Michigan Historical Commission – Michigan Historical Center
Registered State Site No. 707 & No. 708, 2008
This marker is the property of the state of Michigan.

 
Erected 2008 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S707, S708.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 45° 46.776′ N, 84° 43.542′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker is on South Huron Avenue south of Mackinaw Crossings Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is beside the walkway on the east side of the street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 229 South Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edgar Conkling 1812-1881 (about 400 feet
Mackinaw City Railroad Dock / USCG Cutter <i>Mackinaw</i> WAGB 83 Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2011
3. Mackinaw City Railroad Dock / USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83 Marker (wide view)
away, measured in a direct line); Mackinaw's Civil War Cannons (about 500 feet away); The Algomah (about 600 feet away); Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? (about 600 feet away); Mackinaw City (about 600 feet away); Iron Horse (about 600 feet away); Chief Wawatam (about 600 feet away); Historic Mackinaw City (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Old Mackinaw City Railroad Dock. The railroad car ferry dock at Mackinaw City was used for car ferry ships between Mackinaw and St. Ignace, MI in the Upper Peninsula. (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83) (Wikipedia). USCG Cutter Mackinaw (WAGB-83) is a 290-foot vessel specifically designed for ice breaking duties on the Great Lakes. Mackinaw’s design was based on the Wind class of Coast Guard icebreakers, but was built wider and longer so that her draft would be shallower. Because she was built specially for the Great Lakes — she was too wide to fit
USCG Cutter <i>Mackinaw</i> WAGB 83 (<i>located east of marker, beside the old railroad dock</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2011
4. USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83 (located east of marker, beside the old railroad dock)
Decommissioned USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB 83 is now a floating maritime museum.
through the pre-1959 Saint Lawrence Seaway — her hull was built lighter than the Wind-class vessels, but shared many characteristics, such as a relatively short length in proportion to the great power developed, a cut-away forefoot, rounded bottom, fore, aft and side heeling tanks, and a bow propeller. (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum. 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”. 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 events. (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30) (Wikipedia). USCG Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) is a 240-foot vessel built in 2005 as a heavy icebreaker for operations on the North American Great Lakes for the United States Coast Guard. She replaced her namesake ship, the USCG Cutter Mackinaw (WAGB-83), which was decommissioned in 2006. (Submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2011
5. USCG Cutter Mackinaw WLBB 30
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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