Jean Hastert, wife of U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, prepares to christen USCGC Mackinaw

 
 

Christening and Launch of
WLBB 30
 Coast Guard Cutter
Mackinaw

USCGC Mackinaw
Old Mackinaw

USCGC Mackinaw

New Mackinaw

Mighty Mac Home
 


"New" Mackinaw starts down the ramp


larger close up of the "splash"


 


Portion of launch cradle grounds the Mackinaw's bow and holds it slightly out of the water

This photo from minutes after the Mackinaw's "splash" was used for the Fall, 2005 cover of U. S. Coast Guard Engineering, Electronics & Logistics Quarterly
 

Cover of U. S. Coast Guard Engineering, Electronics & Logistics Quarterly


Tug boats Escort, Krystal & Erika Kobasic assist the Mackinaw


 

The Mackinaw (2) was delivered to the United States Coast Guard later in the year and went through the
first winter season with the old Mackinaw. Its first skipper was be Commander Donald F. Triner and the new
Mackinaw's port continued to be Cheboygan, Michigan. Mackinaw City has become the home of the old
Mackinaw and it is now the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum.

The 290 feet long old Mackinaw  (WAGB 83) was built in Toledo, Ohio and commissioned in December, 1944

Page 1 - before launch  Page 2 - at shipyard   Page 3 - ceremony    Page 4 - launch

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