United States Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba (Michigan Historic Marker)

Name of Historic Site:  United States Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Informational Designation

Description of Historic Site:  The 165-foot cutter was commissioned by the U.S Coast Guard in Grand Haven, MI.  It was built in Bay City, MI in 1932 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company.  The Escanaba was in its Grand Haven port when it was called to duty in 1941 at the beginning of WWII.  In June 1943 The USCGC Escanaba was sunk by an enemy submarine while escorting a convoy from Greenland to Newfoundland.  The citizens of Grand Haven were so grief stricken by the loss of the Escanaba that in three months they raised over a million dollars to commission another ship in 1946, but the ship never made it to the Grand Haven port.  In 1987, the Escanaba III was commissioned in Grand Haven and she now stationed in Boston.

Address:  Escanaba Park, Grand Haven, Michigan