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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.

  • 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, ...
  • WWII Naval Drone Training Connor FitzpatrickThere were many technological advances in WWII involving the US Navy. The US Navy used a large amount of aircraft carriers for staging airplanes in the Pacific Theater. This technology ...
  • HMAS Perth (II) D38 Zach BaumanPerth Returning to Sydney in 1969The HMAS Perth II was an Australian Guided Missile Destroyer with a thirty-four-year service life from 1965 to 1999. The Perth served alongside elements of the United States Seventh Fleet ...
  • USS Scourge Scott FisherThe USS Scourge was a Navy Schooner during the War of 1812. The USS Scourge was built as the HMS Lord Nelson (Canadian ship) and launched from Niagara on the lake ...
  • Chris-Craft supports efforts during WW II. Cy DeLeeuwChris Craft is a luxury boat company that specialized in making fine wooden boats for all types of recreational use. After struggling through various hardships in the 1930s, Chris Craft ...
  • Peterson Building, Inc. Minesweepers Cal McCartyPeterson Builders, Inc. was considered “the builders of minesweepers of the world.” Being a shipyard that was able to build a ship out of many materials, Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) ...
  • HMS St. Lawrence Trevor BanasWar_of_1812_St_Lawrence_LightningOverview History of the HMS St. Lawrence During the War of 1812, the Great Lake Ontario was landlocked, forcing both the colonies and the British to build warships on the lake ...
  • The Retrofit of USS Sable Alex KellyThe USS Sable was an aircraft carrier that was used to train pilots and carrier personnel in the Great Lakes region during WWII.  Before the Sable was an aircraft carrier, it ...
  • MCM Avenger (MCM-1) Matt WellachThe mine countermeasures ship USS Avenger (MCM 1) returns to its forward-deployed base at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo after participating in Exercise Foal Eagle 2011.The USS Avenger was the lead ship of her class of the mine countermeasures ship (or MCM), built by Peterson Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The ship was commissioned on ...
  • The Burning of the USS Essex Griffin Curtis  The USS Essex III, was sloop-of-war serving the US Navy from 1876-1931. Its service varied during this period, from its operations in active duty to its time in various reserve ...
  • Emergency Shipbuilding Program in the Duluth Harbo… Nick Schaefer2-thumbThe Duluth harbor played a key role in World War II. With our declaration of war in 1941 after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt declared that the United States must “overwhelm” ...
  • USS Silversides Zachary DeKrakerthe-silversidesThe USS Silversides was one of the finest submarines called for during the onset of World War 2, and had one of the most impressive service records.  Commissioned one week ...
  • US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Brian BrookOn the frigid morning of Friday, December 9, 1932, citizens of Grand Haven, Michigan gathered on the Government Basin pier. Cheers rose as the United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter, Escanaba, ...
  • John Philip Sousa at the GLNS Theron KrapekJohn Philip Sousa was born in 1854 in Washington DC,  not far from the  barracks where his father was a musician in the marine band. He was born to Antonio ...