Maritime Speaker Series
December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 7, 2017, 7 pm, Bob Desh speaks on the History of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal
Captain Robert “Bob” Desh, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) is the former Executive Director of the Door County Maritime Museum. Prior to joining the museum, Bob served for over 36 years with the United States Coast Guard. During his very diverse military career, he served on five Coast Guard cutters and in a wide variety of shore billets including Commanding Officer of the International Ice Patrol and Director of the Leadership Development Center at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.
A long-time maritime and Coast Guard history buff, Bob is the former Executive Director of the Foundation for Coast Guard History and presently serves on the organization’s Board of Regents. He also serves on the Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel (MEAP) for the National Coast Guard Museum scheduled for construction on the waterfront in New London, Connecticut. Bob also chairs the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee, a standing committee of the Green Bay Council of the Navy League.
Digging of the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal: Creation of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal is one of the most important events in the storied maritime history of the Door Peninsula. Started in 1872, the canal would take a decade to complete. The dream of Joseph Harris, Sr., this unique waterway would facilitate the passage of tens of thousands of ships and forever shape the economy and culture of the entire region. Join Bob Desh, former Executive Director of the Door County Maritime Museum, as he explores the history and influence of the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal.