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Maritime Museum

We Move Ships When No One Else Can

Our Mission: "Preserving the legacy of the Mackinaw WAGB 83 and her Crew"

The "original" Mackinaw WAGB 83 with the "new" Mackinaw WLBB 30, moored in Mackinaw City

The United States Coast Guard ICEBREAKER MACKINAW WAGB-83,  known as the “Queen of the Great Lakes”, 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 and group events.  Visit the Mess Deck, Captains Quarters, Bridge, Engine Room, Ward Room, Sick Bay and much more.  Hear the story of the Mackinaw’s 62-year career breaking ice on the Great Lakes and serving as a goodwill ambassador throughout the region.

Open to the public, the Ship Store has an array of nautical, military, and dedicated "Mackinaw" items to choose from.  Visit us for a tour or just stop in to shop in the store. The Ship Store is open during regular tour hours.

Welcome Aboard!

  • The Ship is not handicapped accessible.
  • Be advised that the ship contains confined spaces, open decking, and steep ladders.
  • We recommend that you wear close-toe shoes.

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 Click on the links above for more Mackinaw City and area information!


WE'RE ON TV!  Jenny and Stephanie, from our local CBS/FOX affiliate, were aboard to tour the ship. They met 4 staff who filled them in on all of the fun, educational and exciting things you will experience while touring the ship.  The segments were aired on Monday, August 24, 2015. Click on the link below to watch all 7 segments!