2008-09-06 / Top News

Cadet-training Vessel, State of Michigan, Visits Mackinac Island

The 224-foot training vessel State of Michigan made an appearance on Mackinac Island Thursday, August 21, docking at the end of the Arnold Transit main dock. The vessel is used to train cadets from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City. Thirty-eight cadets were aboard the ship. The 224-foot training vessel State of Michigan made an appearance on Mackinac Island Thursday, August 21, docking at the end of the Arnold Transit main dock. The vessel is used to train cadets from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City. Thirty-eight cadets were aboard the ship. Mackinac Island welcomed the training vessel State of Michigan to its harbor Thursday, August 21. Thirty-eight cadets at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy were aboard the ship, sailing to the Island and Petoskey.

The journey provided cadets with a hands-on introduction to sailing. Cadet responsibilities range from seamanship, navigation, and piloting to steam and diesel engineering as part of daily operations on the 224-foot vessel. The State of Michigan's main port is West Grand Traverse Bay.

The crew included new cadets, returning cadets, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy prepares future merchant marine officers and business professionals for the challenge of operating ships of unlimited tonnage. The training ship is used daily as a floating classroom and hands-on learning environment. Cadets learn the maritime industry firsthand by completing sea time aboard commercial ships of the Great Lakes and oceans.

By the end of the four-year program, students receive an associate's degree in maritime technology from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City and a bachelor's degree in business administration from partner institution Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

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