Happy Birthday to you, U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw!

The USCGC Icebreaker Mackinaw at Cheboygan HDR

The USCGC Icebreaker Mackinaw at Cheboygan HDR, photo by hz536n/George Thomas

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB 30) has its 6th birthday tomorrow. MightyMac.org has this to say about the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw:

Commissioned June 10, 2006 Mackinaw (WLBB 30) assumed the “Mackinaw” name and heritage and now stands as the largest United States Coast Guard Cutter on the Great Lakes. WLBB 30 is configured to better handle a variety of roles including buoy maintenance, and handling of environmental spills.

The Mackinaw is powered by 3 Caterpillar 3612 Turbocharged V-12 engines – 3360 KW each. Prolusion comes from 2 ABB azimuthing electric propulsion drives where the propulsion motor is installed inside a submerged azimuthing (unlimited 360 degrees) pod and coupled directly to an extremely short propeller shaft.

Click for more including lots of photos, and definitely don’t miss this sweet panoramic tour of the Mackinaw. You can see the Mackinaw every year at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival (July 27 – August 5, 2012). Her predecessor is now the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City.  Michigan in Pictures has more about icebreakers on the Great Lakes and you can also see a video of the Mackinaw at work from Boatnerd on YouTube.

Check this out big as a boat and see more in George’s massive Photomatix HDR slideshow.

More Michigan ships & boats on Michigan in Pictures.

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