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West Marine BlueFuture Fund

West Marine BlueFuture Fund

West Marine recently announced its BlueFuture Fund to benefit youth boating, marine conservation and healthy fish stocks. “We’re excited about setting up a sustainable way to share our commitment to youth boating, marine conservation and sustainable fisheries,” says West Marin...
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Straights of Mackinac Pipeline Cause for Concern

Straights of Mackinac Pipeline Cause for Concern

The Line 5 pipeline that runs directly underneath the Straights of Mackinac is aging, and many environmentalists and scientists are concerned that a catastrophic oil spill is imminent. The pipeline, run by Canada-based Enbridge Energy, is 62 years old and moves an estimated 23 million gallons ...
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Denny Heck: <em>1949 – 2015</em>

Denny Heck: 1949 – 2015

Michigan waterways lost one of its biggest fans and greatest supporters, Denny Heck, of Charlevoix, Michigan, this past June. Heck developed his passion for boating at an early age, when he began working for DeWitt Marine on Torch Lake during the summer. He later became owner of the 200-slip DeWi...
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U.S. Coast Guard Releases 2014 Boating Report

U.S. Coast Guard Releases 2014 Boating Report

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, revealing the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record, shortly behind 2013, totaling 610 deaths. The publication states alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accident...
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Ken Larsen, 1937-2015

Ken Larsen, 1937-2015

Ken Larsen, Waukegan harbormaster of 25 years, owner and operator of Larsen Marine Service, and avid traveler and boater, passed away April 19 at the age of 78. Larsen worked side-by-side with four generations of family for more than 50 years at Larsen Marine Service. He is survived by his son, Doug...
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Greg Krueger, 1948-2015

Greg Krueger, 1948-2015

Visionary leader, enthusiastic proponent of marine education, and dear friend to many, Greg Krueger, 67, of Boyne City, Michigan, passed away suddenly from a rare type of heart attack on April 25. “He was vibrant soul, enthusiastic, honest, loving and passionate,” Krueger’s da...
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Explore 10,000 Years of Michigan History

Explore 10,000 Years of Michigan History

History comes to life at the new Michigan's Heritage Park exhibit at Muskegon's Lakeshore Museum Center, opening on June 6! The 19-ace living history park explores 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting in Whitehall. Experience daily life in a Native American Wigwam...
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Post-Ice Lake Michigan Reveals Submerged Shipwrecks

Post-Ice Lake Michigan Reveals Submerged Shipwrecks

During a routine patrol, the aircrew of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, captured a rare discovery: Crystal-clear aerial images of Lake Michigan shipwrecks. As the ice finally melted near Northern Michigan, these shipwrecks, which are usually obscured by the water’s ...
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Marine Industry Loses Visionary Leader

Marine Industry Loses Visionary Leader

Founder and CEO of Sea Tow, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer, Jr., died March 24, at the age of 71, after a brief battle with cancer. “Capt. Joe,” as he was known, leaves a lasting impact on the marine industry and on the international maritime industry as a whole. In addition to running ...
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USCG Utility Boat on Display

USCG Utility Boat on Display

The last remaining U.S. Coast Guard UTBs (Utility Boat Large) has been placed on permanent display outside the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The 41-foot vessel has been one of the most successful boats in USCG history, serving as a general workhorse at multi-mission st...
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