In February 2020, a new exhibit occupied the second floor landing of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Built For Battle: Sturgeon Bay Ships in World War II highlights warships constructed in Door County and the experiences of their crews during the tumultuous years of the 1940’s. This exhibit brings to life the big stories of bravery, sacrifice and tragedy aboard small ships during great engagements upon the waves.
The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. As a center of shipbuilding during this time, Sturgeon Bay produced hundreds of vessels to supply the demands of the war effort. The new Maritime Museum exhibit goes into the storied history of those ships.The new exhibit also explores what happened to these vessels after they left their freshwater docks; most never returned to the Great Lakes.
The exhibit will run through 2021.