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Supporters of the U.S. Maritime Industry are urged to contact their elected representatives in Congress to voice support for the Jones Act.  The American Maritime Partnership, a coalition of which ISMA is a member, has created an electronic portal to make the process fast and simple.  

07-10-19:  USCG – marine safety information survey
The USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN) needs your input and feedback.  They ask that you take a few minutes of your time to complete a six-question survey regarding maritime safety information such as local notice to mariners. 
The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MarineSafetyInformation.

  USCG Update: Mitigation Efforts Due to 2019 Partial Government Shutdown

06-29-19:  Dossin Great Lakes Museum to get event space, riverfront trail in $4.9 million upgrade

Bloomberg News article interviews Paul C. LaMarre III regarding U.S. Customs issues at the Port of Monroe. 

USCG Final Rule:
Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations

06-05-19:  May-June Grand Lodge Newsletter

Obituary:  Capt. Joseph M. Surmann - ISMA Pennant No. 12683
Captain Surmann, a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 from 2011-2017, passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 67.  A Detroit native, he was a 1970 graduate of St. Gabriel High School in southwest Detroit.  His sailing career spanned 38 years, the final 12 as Master for American President Lines. He retired as master of the M/V APL Philippines in 2011. 

Obituary:   CDR Molly Waters, former commanding officer of USCGC Hollyhock and USCGC Neah Bay.  Commander Waters, 37, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash in Washington DC. 

Obituary: Past Lodge President Capt. Arthur B. Brooks III - ISMA Pennant No. 1191718-year member of Detroit Lodge No. 7.  Passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the age of 80.  Captain Brooks served as president of Detroit Lodge No. 7 in 2011.  

Great Laeks Now Article:  The ups and downs of life as a mail boat captain

05-17-19:  Great Lakes Now Article:  The duties of the mail boat have changed with the evolution of delivery

Obituary:  Capt. John L. LaGesse - ISMA Pennant No. 10142
Past Grand Secretary-Treasurer and member of Toledo Lodge No. 9. 

Update 5:  Mitigation Efforts Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Boating Magazine Article:  The Mail Boat Captain of Detroit
An interview with Capt. Sam Buchanan, skipper of the nation's only floating zip code.

Obituary:  Capt. Dominick M. Principe - ISMA Pennant No. 12241

Windsor Harbor Master Peter Barry given Public Service Commendation from US Coast Guard

March-April Grand Lodge Newsletter

Port Huron Lodge No. 2 is conducting a raffle, with several prizes including a trip for 4 aboard a vessel in the Interlake Steamship Fleet. Drawing is January 31, 2020. Click Here for details.

A digital version of the 2019 ISMA Convention Booklet can be found HERE

02-16-19:  Job Posting:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has an opening for Tugboat Master in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Click Here for details.  

January-February Grand Lodge Newsletter

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that it seeks comments on an assessment of how effective the transportation security card (TWIC) program is at enhancing security and reducing security risks for regulated maritime facilities and vessels. Comments must be received by 8 April.  (Thanks to Dennis Bryant for bringing this to our attention).

Our ISMA Navigation, Engineering, & Legislative Committee has issued its annual report for 2018. 

Update 3 from National Maritime Center:  Mitigation Efforts Due to Partial Government Shutdown

STCW Mitigation Efforts Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Invitation to Annual Mariners' Service; St. Paul's Anglican Church; Point Edward, Ontario; Sunday, March 3, 2019.  

Update 2 from National Maritime Center: Mitigation Efforts Due to Partial Government Shutdown

Convention Resolution received from Grand Traverse Lodge No. 23

Convention Resolution received from Toledo Lodge No. 9

01-08-19:  Update & Clairification:  Detailed list of endorsements and credentials being extended due to the shutdown of
National Maritime Center (NMC) operations. 

The 2019 lodge election results have been posted on the "Officers" Page.

To mitigate the impact caused by the partial lapse in appropriations and shutdown of
National Maritime Center (NMC) operations, the following actions are being taken

Convention Update from Grand Traverse Lodge No. 23

Fundraiser for Rev. Marshall Bundren of Chicago Lodge No. 3.
Rev. Bundren runs the Seaman's Institute of Chicago and is in need of a new van. 

12-18-18:  Obituary: Wilma J. Ingalls - Widow of lodge member Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. and mother of lodge member Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Jr. passed away Monday, December 10,
2018 at age 89.  Wilma was a lifetime member of the lodge’s now inactive Ladies Auxiliary.               
A Memorial Service will be held on Jan. 12, 2019.      Funeral Home Obituary
Wilma Ingalls at the 1969 Lodge 7 Dinner Dance
Wilma Ingalls at the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet

November-December Grand Lodge Newsletter

Obituary: Former member Captain Milton Royce "Wally" WaldropISMA Pennant No. 10154.  Passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at age 87.  Captain Waldrop joined Chicago Lodge No. 3 in 1967 and transferred to Detroit Lodge No. 7 in 1990.  He remained a member of Lodge No. 7 until his retirement from Lakes Pilots Association in 2002. 

Obituary: Capt. John C. Hanley - ISMA Pennant No. 11137.  Joined Detroit Lodge No. 7 on January 21, 1992.  Transferred to Port Huron Lodge No. 2 on January 1, 2013.  John was a 1985 graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and was retired from Port City Marine Services, where he last sailed on the tug-barge Prentiss Brown/St. Mary's Conquest. 

Army Corps of Engineers will start construction of new lock at Sault Ste. Marie

U.S. Senate passes long-awaited ballast water legislation

11-13-18:  National Maritime Center:  Important Information About TWIC Enrollment

September-October Grand Lodge Newsletter

08-22-18:  Safety Alert: Don't Forget About Pilot Gangways and Ladders! – gCaptain

Toledo Blade Article:  National Museum of the Great Lakes marks bicentennial of steam power on Great Lakes

The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies when in the vicinity of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting onboard ships.

July-August Grand Lodge Newsletter

06-30-18:   The Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unanimously passed a bi-partisan bill seeking to enhance maritime safety in response to the loss of the US-flag El Faro and its 33 crewmembers on October 1, 2015.    More information at gcaptain

May-June Grand Lodge Newsletter

Lodge member Patrick McKee interviewed for Detroit Free Press article about Muskegon's museum ship USS LST 393.

06-01-18:  National Maritime Center:  New CG-719 Series of Forms Implementation
(This includes a new physical exam form 719k)

05-23-18:  Obituary:  Jennifer L. Velez, daughter of lodge member Steven Nelson.  Passed away on May 19, 2018 at 40 years of age. 

National Maritime Day Editorial: Our American Mariners – A Commodity Like No Other, by Matt Woodruff, Chairman of American Maritime Partnership. 

04-24-18:  Obituary: Camille Raffa-Dietz, wife of lodge member Richard Dietz.   

The USCG has revised marine casualty reporting forms 2692 & 2692B to reflect the changes to property damage thresholds for reporting marine casualties.  Click Here for details.

USACE Presentation from Shallow Draft Stakeholder Meeting - Held in Detroit on April 10

03-31-18:  March-April Grand Lodge Newsletter

Ordering information for the new ISMA pennant has been added to the LINKS page

03-23-18:  The USCG has issued a Safety Alert recommending that vessel operators inspect their immersion suits for a potential unsafe condition caused by failure of the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit.

The USCG has issued Policy Letter 01-18 which provides detailed guidelines for those mariners who wish to harmonize the expiration dates of their original or renewed Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and Medical Certificate.

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up to incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA's US Coast Pilot publications.

02-16-18:  The ISMA convention, held in Toledo earlier this month, was mentioned in a Toledo Blade article

02-06-18:  Detroit Free Press article about Grand President's awards presented to Ryan Gazdecki & Joe Buchanan of the J.W. Westcott Company.   

January-February Grand Lodge Newsletter

01-17-18:  The US Coast Guard has issued an advisory stating that the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Testing requirements have been changed to include semi-synthetic opiates, effective  January 1, 2018.

01-06-18:  Obituary:  John H. Earles, Sr. - ISMA Pennant No. A-11465.  Passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the age of 73.  Mr. Earles had been a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 for the past 21 years, and was Vice-President of KBC Tools in Sterling Heights.  

11-27-17:  Obituary:  Dr. Thomas W. Baumgarten, M.D., ISMA Pennant No. A-10589.  Passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the age of 93.  Dr. Baumgarten had been a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 for nearly 33 years, having joined on Dec. 11, 1984.  He is survived by his wife, Cathy.  Together they attended many lodge events over the years.   
Cathy & Tom Baumgarten in 2007 photo    
Photo of Tom at one of the summer ISMA picnics he & Cathy hosted at their Harsens Island home

  The US Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert announcing recall of 134 different models of Kidde brand plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

Mariners’ Church celebrates 175 years in Detroit

09-25-17:  A memorial service for Shelly Hammarskjold is planned for Saturday September 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. at the Henry Ford Village Chapel, 15101 Ford Rd. (at Greenfield Rd.) in Dearborn.  Click Here for details

Obituary:  James N. VanDongen - ISMA Pennant No. 10796.  Passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the age of 73.  Captain VanDongen served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Muskegon Lodge No. 21, and retired in 2004 from American Steamship Company, where he last served as captain on the Indiana Harbor

08-22-17:  Obituary:  Past Grand President (1986) James E. Daleski of NE Michigan Lodge No. 19.  Passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the age of 87.  Captain Daleski received the Lewis Ludington Award in 2016, and also attended the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention in Alpena (Photo).   

A full obituary can be found on the funeral home website.   

Obituary:  Shelly Yaroch-Hammarskjold, wife of lodge member Steve Hammarskjold.  Passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the age of 61.  Visitation on Wednesday, August 16, and funeral on Thursday, August 17.  See the Funeral Home Obituary for details.  
Photo of Steve & Shelly at the 2015 Lodge Dinner Dance.   

On The Detroit River, America's Only Floating Post Office Blends Tradition And Technology

07-14-17:  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the May 27, 2016 grounding of the Roger Blough near the Gros Cap Reefs Light in the St. Marys River.  The report can be found here

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Oset has received a new supply of lodge baseball caps.  The hats are $25 each.  If you would like one mailed to you, there is an additional charge of $6.95

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06-07-17:  The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert regarding the dangers of a fuel spray fire and actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of such an occurrence on your vessel.

Obituary:  Kimberly Anne Getin of Niagara Lodge No. 20.  Kim and her husband Capt. Dino Dini have attended many Grand Lodge conventions over the years. 

News Video:  Port of Toledo to host 2018 Grand Lodge Convention

New Shipping Container Kiosk On Riverfront To Teach Students About The Great Lakes

Detroit News article: Delivering mail, saving lives aboard the J.W. Westcott

04-20-17:  Air Station Traverse City welcomes first of three Jayhawk Helicopters

Lodge Member Ryan Gazdecki rescues pregnant woman from Detroit River
Fox 2 Video

03-21-17:  Discount for ISMA members now available at Great Lakes ACE Hardware stores

An article in Detroit Historical Society's Telescope magazine describes recovering an anchor from the SS Greater Detroit in November of 2016.  Several ISMA members are mentioned in the article, including Grand President Lee Barnhill, Sam Buchanan, Jim Hogan, Paul Jagenow, John Jamian, Mac McAdam, John Polacsek, and Neil Schultheiss.    Additional photos 

ISMA participates in 2017 Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. On March 1, NELC chairman Scott Skrzypczak joined more than 90 officers and representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, American maritime labor unions and related maritime organizations and associations meeting in Washington DC.   

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has issued its Annual Report for 2016.
(ISMA is a member of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force).

03-03-17:  Op-Ed:  Our maritime industry is too important to ignore - by Rep. John Garamendi, ranking member of the Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee.

Article about the future of Great Lakes shipping quotes Chicago Lodge No. 3 member Bill Strauss. 

Obituary: Michael Bruce Crittenden, 62, of Alpena passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.  He is the step-father of newly installed Grand President Lee Barnhill.  Mike suffered a heart attack just after attending the ISMA Grand Lodge convention.  He helped at the bean bag toss which made over $475.00 for the scholarship fund.  Funeral Home obituary and on-line guest book.  
02-06-17:  With video: Alpena television news covers ISMA Convention

Michigan Senator Gary Peters addresses ISMA Grand Lodge Convention in Alpena.  Click Here for Video

Alpena News article covering 2017 ISMA Grand Lodge Convention

Port Huron Lodge No. 2 has introduced a Proposal to be introduced at the Grand Lodge Convention in Alpena on February 3. 

12-18-16:  Detroit Free Press interview of lodge member Sam Buchanan (with video)

10-30-16:  Detroit Lodge No. 7 has made arrangements with Office Depot & Office Max for a discount program available to ISMA lodges and individual members.  The program offers substantial discounts on products and services, including print services.  For additional details, click here.  

Detroit Free Press article about sailing on the Great Lakes included comments by Ken Gerasimos of Twin Ports Lodge No. 12 (Ken was originally a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7) and Frank Frisk of Port Huron Lodge No. 2.

10-13-16:  The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters will be assigned to the Great Lakes Region beginning in April of 2017.  (At the 2014 ISMA convention, the Grand Lodge called on the USCG to bring the larger, more capable Jayhawk to the Great Lakes.  The proposal from the 2014 Grand Lodge convention can be viewed HERE.)  
Additional newspaper article with pictures

10-10-16:  Lodge secretary Ray Oset has secured a new local vendor for ISMA pennants:  Embroidery and Much More in St. Clair Shores.    Click Here for details.   

09-26-16:  Obituary: Barbara Ternan-Vallier, widow of lodge member William Vallier. Barb passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the age of 82. 

Lodge members Joel Stone & John Polacsek are mentioned in a Detroit News article about a missing Fresnel lens from the old Belle Isle Lighthouse.  

The USCG has issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on the inflatable life jackets.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its annual summary of marine accidents and the lessons learned from them.  To view the report, click HERE.

08-24-16:  Lodge 20 member Brett Walker is featured in a Windsor Star article about great lakes pilots.    

New York Times article about J. W. Westcott Company mentions lodge 7 members Jim Hogan, Bill Redding, Sam Buchanan, and lodge 20 member Fred Hoffe. 

08-06-16:  Individual ISMA Burgee is now available for purchase (ideal for use on smaller vessels).
Note:  The burgee is a novelty item and not meant to replace the official ISMA Pennant described in section 20 of the ISMA constitution.                                          

Detroit Lodge No. 7 now has window clings and stickers available for purchase.

The USCG has issued a safety alert regarding the routine inspection of life jackets, especially those manufactured by "The Safeguard Corporation".

Atlas Obscura article about the J.W. Westcott Company mentions lodge members Jim Hogan, Bill Redding, Sam Buchanan, and Ryan Gazdecki. 

05-23-16:  Lodge No. 7 President Scott Reynolds interviewed for article about Detroit's Fireboat, Curtis Randolph.  (Congratulations to Capt. Reynolds on his recent promotion to Captain of the Curtis Randolph).

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a reminder that the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number programmed into a vessel's VHF radio transmitter should match the MMSI number on record.  (Thanks to Dennis Bryant for bringing this to our attention).

Kannad Marine has issued a recall of all Safelink EPIRBs due to possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations.   Click Here for the bulletin.  

The US Coast Guard has issued a news release regarding the expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements that went into effect on April 7, 2016.  Most commercial vessels operating on US waterways are now required to have and utilize AIS while underway.

Animation:  Understanding the Importance of the Jones Act

04-05-16: The US Coast Guard has issued a safety alert addressing abrasion and chafing of electric wires on marine generators caused by vibration. 

Lexington Institute: Jones Act Critical to U.S. Border Security

Michigan's Governor congratulates Detroit Lodge No. 7 on its 125th Anniversary.  

03-25-16:   The ISMA committee for Membership and Outreach, which was appointed at the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago, has started a new ISMA page on Instagram

02-16-16:  Strengthening Border Security: Look No Further Than the Jones Act (OpEd)

Chicago Tribune Article: Lodge member Mark Stevenson recognized for his work with at-risk youth.  (Captain Stevenson, a long-time member and past president of Lodge No. 3, recently joined Lodge No. 7 as well).

Lodge member Larry Stephenson has written an article about the Detroit Boat Club and its long history.  To read the article, Click Here.  

02-10-16:  U.S. Coast Guard approves the use of electronic charts

01-20-16:  The US Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert reminding mariners of the dangers of relying solely upon global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, for navigation and positioning. These systems are subject to natural, accidental, and intentional interference.

12-25-15: Video: Santa pilots J. W. Westcott II to take live lobsters to tug Ken Boothe Sr.

12-18-15:  Congratulations to Capt. Dino Dini and the crew of the M/V Algoway for receiving the USCG Capt. David P. Dobbins Award following the rescue of recreational boaters off Lorain, Ohio last August.   Algoma Central Newsletter         Photos are on the ISMA Facebook Page

12-15-15:  Boat U.S. article: Virtual Navigation is here, like it or not

11-21-15: Our thoughts and prayers are with the Detroit Fire Department and the friends and family of Fireboat Captain Walter R. Szelag, who passed away November 20, 2015 while on duty.  
Memorial Service Information        Funeral Home Notice

11-10-15:  Detroit Free Press article:  In the 40 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald loss, advances in technology have made the Great Lakes safer for ships.  

The USCG has issued a safety alert regarding unapproved lights on recreational and commercial vessels.  Of particular concern are light emitting diode (LED) lights in addition to required navigation lights being installed on vessels.  

08-30-15:  Detroit Free Press:  Despite Soo shutdown, new lock a long shot

08-07-15:  Detroit Free Press:  New Great Lakes Icebreaker far from certain

07-14-15: Detroit News: Push is on for completing second Poe-size lock at Sault Ste. Marie

06-21-15:  The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers’ Association, Fednav Ltd. and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. have jointly sponsored a new binational public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.

06-05-15:  With Video: Canadian Coast Guard moves communications from Thunder Bay

05-03-15:  Detroit Free Press:  Crowds Pack St. Anne's Parish during mass mob event 
Lodge 7 Co-Chaplain Fr. Russ Kohler greets parishioners                Fr. Kohler Poses for Photo 

04-23-15:  USCG denies proposed river-barge route from Calumet Harbor to Muskegon

The North Channel from a different prospective by lodge member Larry Stephenson and his wife Carol, was recently published in Grosse Pointe Yacht Club's quarterly publication, The Grosse Pointer.  The article details an overland trip to the North Channel by the Stephenson's with lodge member Jim Ramsey & his wife Marney. 

04-09-15:  National Public Radio: Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

03-09-15:   The US Coast Guard posted a Fact Sheet regarding the recent final rule expanding the carriage and utilization requirements for the automatic identification system (AIS) so as to be consistent with provisions of the SOLAS Convention.  (Brought to our attention by Bryant's Maritime Consulting). 

02-23-15:  The U.S. Coast Guard has compiled a complete list of all their Safety Alerts issued from 1996 through 2014.  

02-07-15:  Capt. Joseph Walters is sworn in as Grand Lodge President.  
           Duluth News-Tribune Article               Video           

01-16-15:  Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Implores Senate Leadership to Support Jones Act

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) takes to senate floor to defend Jones Act (Video)

Coalition of Great Lakes interests - including ISMA - rise to defend the Jones Act

01-06-15:  Lake Carriers Association calls for a 2nd MACKINAW-class icebreaker on the Great Lakes

12-12-14:  Congress Reaffirms Support for Jones Act and U.S. domestic maritime industry

Member Fr. Russ Kohler interviewed for Detroit News artcile about Most Holy Trinity Church and its programs to help needy children. 

10-14-14:  Lodge member Bill Redding is interviewed by Michigan Public Radio for a report about the J.W. Westcott Company and its long history serving the Port of Detroit.  Click Here for Audio

Detroit Lodge No. 7 member Jim Anderson and his wife Patti have announced a $25 million gift to Wayne State University's College of Engineering.  Detroit Free Press article

Detroit Free Press article and video featuring lodge member Arlene Earl (aka The Flower Lady).  Lodge members Paul Jagenow and Jack Callahan are also interviewed. 

09-26-14: The National Transportation Safety Board has published Safer Seas 2013: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations, a 43-page summary of the 21 incidents investigated by the NTSB in 2013.  To read the entire report, Click Here

06-15-14:  President Obama has signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law.  The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force and ISMA have been advocating for the passage of this legislation, which, among other things will recognize the Great Lakes as a single navigation system, giving the system a greater presence.       News Article           Video

03-27-14:  "American maritime industry a strong asset to U.S. economy, national security"
A commentary in the March 25 edition of the Washington Times by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA).  

03-21-14:  The National Transportation Safety Board has issued the investigative report of an engine room fire aboard the towing vessel Marguerite L. Terral in June of 2012 on the Lower Mississippi River.  Several lessons can be learned from this incident.

National Maritime Center to begin issuing automatically post-dated mariner credentials

National Maritime Center changes merchant mariner appeal process.

03-01-14:  The U.S. Coast Guard has presented lodge member Norman Raymond with the Captain David P. Dobbins Award for his role in rescuing two persons from the Detroit River on August 11, 2013.  Click Here for the news article.   

02-16-14:  Lodge member Capt. Luke Clyburn receives the Chairman's Medal from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Program.

08-28-13:  Lodge No. 7 & Great Lakes Maritime Institute work to preserve relics from storm of 1913

08-22-13:  National Transportation Safety Board releases report on fire aboard the Patrice McAllister (formerly known as the tug Cleveland) which occurred on Lake Ontario on March 27, 2012.  Five crewmembers were injured and the Chief Engineer lost his life in this incident.

07-30-13:   Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee cited the critical role of America’s domestic maritime industry in an op-ed at CNBC.com.

04-05-13:  Joseph Cabadas of the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) wrote a Feature article on  Mariners’ Church of Detroit.  The article summarizes Mariners’ history along with member connections to the DAC, including Ivan Ludington, who for many years presented the Captain Lewis Ludington Award at Mariners’ Blessing of the Fleet services.

03-03-13: Newspaper article mentions ISMA, Capt. Seann O'Donoughue, and the pending closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio. 

02-12-13: Study says Great Lakes Shipping is the most carbon friendly, efficient mode of transportation

02-01-13:  The U.S. Coast Guard has posted an 85-page compilation of safety alerts, safety advisories, and lessons learned from 2008-2012. 



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