Maritime Speaker Series: Tom Wenstadt, “Title XI Vessels Built in Door County”
March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Boom Years – Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay – 1972 to 1981. Title XI of the Jones act of 1970 offered tax incentives and loan guarantees to ship owners who had ships built or upgraded in the United States and operated them exclusively between US ports. This set off a frenzy of ship building throughout the country. Bay Shipbuilding, here in Sturgeon Bay, was at the forefront on the Great Lakes ship construction. This presentation will highlight the 15 Great Lakes freighters built in Sturgeon Bay during these busy ten years.
Tom Wenstadt was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and watched shipbuilding with great interest as a youngster. His neighbors and friends’ parents worked at the shipyard. He has participated in recreational boating his entire life. He has amassed a collection of outboard motor, sterndrive and boat brochures dating back into the 1950s. After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, he has been a Marine Engineer in the Great Lakes area for 39 years, recently completing 29 years as Technical Manager for Four Winns Boats. His hobbies are Great Lakes shipping and boating. He is affiliated with: the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society. In 2007 he published his first book “Freighters of Manitowoc”. It chronicles the building of freight carrying vessels in Manitowoc, Wisconsin from 1847 through 1960. The book displays the complete list of vessels and builders with extensive photos, and specifications.
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 it. The programs are held the first Thursday of each month November through April beginning at 7:00 pm at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
November 2, 2018 Todd Gordon Speaks about the SS Eastland
December 6, 2018 Frederick Stonehouse, “US Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes”
January 3, 2019 Patrick Forsyth, “Great Lakes Fish”
February 7, 2019 Jake Heffernan, “Lighthouses of Door County”
March 7, 2019 Tom Wenstadt, “Title XI Vessels Built in Door County”
- March 7
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Event Category:
- Maritime Speaker Series