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Naval

There are many ships of all sizes on display in the Great Lakes, as well as a number of shipwrecks.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • Naval Air Station Grosse Ile Jacob Wenzlick  Although most people have probably not heard of, or know anything about, the Naval Air Station in Grosse Ile, Michigan, it was at one time a very important military base ...
  • Defoe Shipbuilding Company Ryan BancroftStarted in 1905 as a small wooden boat building business co-founded by brothers H. J. Defoe and F. W. Defoe and G. H. Whitehouse, the Defoe Shipbuilding Company came to ...
  • Naval Air Station Glenview Jonathan Zamaites  Even though the Naval Air Station Glenview (NAS Glenview) had short life span of action 1936-1995 it saw major use during World War II and the Cold War. It trained ...
  • USS Silversides Submarine (SS-236) Dakota CarpenterUSS Silversides with full banners (courtesy of United States Navy)The History of SS-236 USS Silversides with full banners (Photo courtesy of United States Navy) The USS Silversides was a prominent submarine in the Pacific Ocean over the course of World War II. ...
  • Littoral Combat Ships of Marinette Marine Matt Krawczyk160714-N-DM751-001Marinette, WI is a small town of about 11,000 people as of the last census in 2010 (“Census of Population and Housing”). It is a very industry driven city, driven ...
  • Fort Wilkins: Opening the Lake Superior Frontier Sydney ChaneyFortWilkinsFlagThe once remote Copper Harbor is now home to a cozy town, with an old military post. Fort Wilkins, situated on the north shore of Lake Fanny Hooe and a couple miles ...
  • Corn Belt Fleet Steven8f75608280a7f6b690b45fca6962272bAircraft carriers were a new technology in World War II. At the time there was a huge need for pilots to be able to takeoff and land from sea to ...
  • The Battle of Fort George Hans PietilaOn May 27, 1813, American forces led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Colonel Winfield Scott and Major General Henry Dearborn, launched an amphibious assault on Fort George, commanded by British ...
  • A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971 Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried ...
  • Naval Station Great Lakes Sean WentworthThe Naval Station Great Lakes became the focal point for racial issues both in the military sphere and in the national public eye. The fort was not only the pioneer ...
  • James H. Flatley Memorial Park Will OmbergJames Henry Flatley Jr. was an aviator and tactician in World War II.  A Navy Cross recipient, he was key in passing information and tactics he learned to other aviators ...
  • Marinette Marine Shipbuilding Jake MunieOn the mouth of the Menominee River between Michigan and Wisconsin, sits the only military shipbuilding corporation on the Great Lakes, Marinette Marine Corporation. Created in 1942 to keep up ...
  • Timber Rebellion and the USS Michigan Caleb ShearIn the year 1844, the USS Michigan was commissioned by the U.S. Navy to combat the timber pirates in the great lakes region. The violent timber rebellion involved illegal trading ...
  • USS Defender (MCM-2) Nik Van BeekThe USS Defender (MCM-2) was a naval Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship constructed at Marinette Mariner Corp. In Marinette Wisconsin.  The USS Defender was the second of 14 new Avenger class ...
  • Coast Guard Festival Heath WelchThe Coast Guard Festival takes place annually in Grand Haven, Michigan, around late July into early August. This is located along the western edge of Lower Michigan bordering Lake Michigan, ...