The final Maritime Speaker Series event of the season takes place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature maritime author Paul J. Mason in his discussion of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service on the Great Lakes. The ships and crews of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service were the unsung heroes of Great Lakes transportation for more than a century. Despite the critical role they played in maritime operations, little information is available about these hard-working men and the ships they called home. Paul Mason will bring them back to life during his talk.

His presentation will include a brief history of the U.S. Lighthouse Service (USLHS), and in-depth discussions of what a Lighthouse Tender is and their role in the operations of the USLHS. Great Lakes history buffs will enjoy learning about these forgotten ships and crews, and their place in maritime’s golden age.

Paul J. Mason developed a love and awe of the Great Lakes while growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Paul’s natural draw to the history of the Lakes grew with his special interest in the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. His grandfather, Richard H. Burdeno, was chief engineer on the USLHT Clover. Paul joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and served as a volunteer crew member on a 25-foot patrol boat at U.S. Coast Guard (AUXOP) Station Green Bay (Wisconsin).

The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs dealing with everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them. The programs are held the first Thursday of each month November through April beginning at 7pm. The Maritime Speaker Series is held in the Reddin Bridge Room at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free of charge with a suggested non-perishable food donation. Visit to learn more about the upcoming Maritime Speaker Series.