The Mackinaw was the most powerful icebreaker in the world for many years. When the Coast Guard finally retired it, it was immediately turned into a museum. Unlike many museum ships that were stripped when decommissioned, the Mackinaw has all its equipment and looks exactly like the last day it operated. Be prepared for a lot of climbing narrow stairs. The tour takes you all through the ship so you have to use the same stairways the sailors used. It may be a problem for small children and definitely not handicapped accessible, but manageable for the normal person. Be sure to allow plenty of time if you are interested as there is a lot to see and many videos of crew members explaining their areas of the ship. They suggest at least 45 minutes to tour but I took more like 2.5 hours. Highly recommended.
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