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The Marine Navigation and Training Association, Inc.
"Building a Great Seagoing Tradition on the Great Lakes"

"To provide young people with quality seamanship training for development of their abilities and potential.

To help young people develop skills in group dynamics necessary for operation of a ship which are applicable to other situations in life.

To educate young people and develop their skills, which will increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

To provide support for youth interested in pursuing careers in the merchant marine, Coast Guard and/or the U.S. Navy."

This is the mission of the Marine Navigation and Training Association, Inc. (MANATRA), a Chicago based non-profit organization made up of volunteers from different backgrounds and various skills who share two common interests:

PRIDE in America's Maritime Heritage
The IMPORTANCE of teaching today's youth LEADERSHIP and TEAMWORK SKILLS

Each year from April through October young people from throughout the United States participate in this educational program. Since 1946 over 12,000 young people have boarded the ships and learned seamanship and personal development skills.

This 40 member all volunteer organization is composed largely of retired Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Mariners and other volunteers. These volunteers give approximately 4,000 hours each year to MANATRA.

Our organization's function is not to train young people for a military career, or even for a career at sea, nevertheless some MANATRA participants have gone on to sea careers. Our true goal is to teach skills, leadership, self-reliance, and responsibility, and to expose young people to new experiences. Many young people coming aboard, including some of the NROTC candidates, have never been aboard a vessel of any size, and certainly not a vessel designed to look and operate like a Navy ship. Learning how to work and learn safely aboard, and how to be responsible for your actions is what MANATRA is all about. If we can help young people translate these skills to daily life, the real goals of MANATRA have been met.

If you have seagoing experience, or related shore based experience such as electrician, fireman, carpenter, engineer
or just would like to learn and help out, find out how you can join our group. Military experience is not required.

The Association's flagship, YP-671, is a yard patrol vessel of the U.S. Navy and is docked at DuSable Harbor in Chicago.

Her primary function is the support of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps .

We operate in cooperation with the Navy League of the United States, a civilian patriotic organization in support of the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

We also provide joint NSCC / United States Coast Guard training
as well as an orientation toThe United States Merchant Marine.


About Us - Association History – Over 50 Years of Manatra!

Virtual Ships Tour-Come Aboard YP-671 (Coming Soon)

Ship Statistics-Line Drawings and Statistics on 654 Class YP's

Mission Statement- What We Do & Why

Training Program & Photo Albums - What We Do Aboard AND Picture Links

Success Stories - Where some of our former trainees are now

How You Can Help or Become A Part of the Action! - check it out!

Ships’ StoreDo Your Shopping Here!

Maritime Links

Cruise 7/2011


Chicago Council NLUS Receives Award from Naval Sea Cadet Corps HQ - Click Here To See Photos

The Marine Navigation and Training Association, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association organized in 1946. All officers, members and directors as well as instructors and ship operators are all volunteers, all funds go to maintain and operate the vessel. Donations are always appreciated. To make a donation and/or to receive more information about MANATRA contact:

The Marine Navigation & Training Association, Inc.


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