RED WITH EMBARASSMENT
For almost 55 years the CGC Mackinaw has plied the Great Lakes, unable to go out and work in the salty seas. Through all of these years from Buffalo to Duluth, Chicago to Detroit, Death's Door Passage to Whitefish Bay and on to Isle Royal she was the famed "Great White Mother" of the Great Lakes. Her beautiful white hull in spite of her age looked like it was polished with auto wax.
Today she is sporting the red colors of a harlot. What will she be called now, "The Great Red Mother?" Hardly, that sounds almost Communist. Maybe "The Sweet Water Strumpet" would be more appropriate.
Oh ye Salt Water Scoundrels who perpetrated this abomination on to our lovely old lady; know this well, she needn't have a coat of red paint to cover up the rust of her long journeys and old age. She doesn't need rouge and warpaint because she was beautiful in her own way.
She's more to be pitied than censured,
She's more to be helped then denied,
She's only a Lady who's ventured,
Over the Lake's ice bound shores ..
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