U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center's research vessel MUSKY II, based out of Sandusky, spent several days at Wolverine Marina earlier this week. MUSKY II is on a fishing research cruise of Lake Erie; this cruise is one of the last MUSKY II will make for the USGS. MUSKY II and her fleetmate KAHO, both of which date from the 1960s, were supposed to be replaced with the MUSKIE and KAHO, launched last year at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland.
MUSKIE and KAHO were supposed to replace the older vessels last September or October; however, numerous problems with Great Lakes Shipyard's workmanship has kept each $4 million vessel at Great Lakes Shipyard for repairs since that time. Hopefully MUSKIE will make her debut on Lake Erie sometime this summer, and perhaps will be seen in Erie later this season.
MUSKY II in Presque Isle Bay on Wednesday.
MUSKIE, replacement for MUSKY II (MUSKY II is a mis-spelling of the word "Muskie" that was never corrected) departing Cleveland under the NS 1 railroad bridge for sea trials on August 30, 2011. Photo taken on the Great Lakes Towing tug ILLINOIS.
Stern view of the MUSKIE.