April 26, 2018

Sturgeon Bay Shipyard TourShipyard Tours Return to Sturgeon Bay on May 5th

STURGEON BAY, WI – On May 5th, 2018, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours. For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpoint Yacht Services open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry. Sturgeon Bay’s west side will be filled with opportunities for maritime lovers to explore and learn about shipbuilding.

Busses will be shuttling guests between the three primary locations: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Centerpointe Yacht Services and the Door County Maritime Museum. The shipbuilding tours take about an hour, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Park your car and purchase your tickets at any of the three primary locations. If you’d like to purchase your tickets ahead of time, please visit the Door County Maritime Museum or the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Ticket prices are: $15 adults, $6 students (11-17), and free for kids (10 and younger).

John Purves engine room controls

On Saturday, May 5th there are FREE boat tours behind the Door County Maritime Museum on the west side working waterfront. Check out the 140-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, the Emergency Rescue Boat from the Canal Station, and the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat. The Fred A Busse (Chicago Fireboat) will be open FREE of charge to tour from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. At 2:30pm the Fred A Busse will take paying guests on a 90-minute cruise. Don’t forget to stop by and talk to representatives stationed by the Selvick Tugs to learn more about modern great lakes towing operations.

The shipyard and boat tours aren’t the only draw for maritime lovers to visit Sturgeon Bay’s west side that weekend! Show your shipyard tour ticket at the Door County Maritime Museum on Saturday or Sunday and receive half-price admission to the museum and tours of the tug John Purves. While you’re at the museum be sure to check out the freighter Elba and venture a try at navigating the ship through the canal and bridges of Sturgeon Bay.

Painting by Lee Radtke

The Door County Maritime Museum is featuring award-winning artist, Lee Radkte, signing his prints and postcards on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. His critically acclaimed maritime art captures the ships at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and the tugs in Sturgeon Bay. His artwork is on display and for sale at the Door County Maritime Museum from March 9 – May 31, 2018.

Don’t miss your chance to see the USCG Utility Boat up close! Commonly referred to as the “41-footer,” this vessel located in the yard along Madison Avenue, is the last of its class decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. On Saturday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm retired Captain, Robert Desh, will be giving free tours.


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