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Great Lakes Maritime Academy

greatlakesmaritimeDowntown Traverse City is home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. The academy trains and equips prospective officers for duty on all types of commercial and civilian vessels, research, cruise ships, freighters, tankers and more. The officers serve both in the Great Lakes and worldwide. The school has room for two hundred students, with plenty of opportunity for hands on training as well as classroom instruction.

Two different tracks of programs are offered. “The Deck Officer Program”, provides training for the pilots or mates piloting the vessels, trains those who will run the various departments on the vessel and also prepares those running the business side of the ship.

The second tract is the “Engineering Officer Program” with training for the operation and maintenance of the vessels engines and equipment.

Since August of 2002, the academy has been home to the “State of Michigan”, a 225 foot former US Navy submarine surveillance ship, formerly known as “Persistent”

Be sure to visit their website and see their Grand Traverse Bay webcam, as well as the brief six minute video with more explanation of the academy.

Written by Dave.