DCMM Opens Great Lakes Pirate Exhibit

A new exhibit chronicling the life and times of Great Lakes pirate “Roaring Dan” Seavey is now open at the Door County Maritime Museum’s northern facility in Gills Rock.

There are countless privateers, lumber thieves and rum-runners who might fit the definition of “pirate,” but Captain Dan Seavey holds the distinction of being the only man known to have been formerly charged with piracy on the Great Lakes. Guilty of everything from poaching to operating a floating brothel, Seavey was a scallywag’s scallywag.

This new exhibit explores the many misadventures of “Roaring Dan” including the hijacking of the schooner Nellie Johnson in June of 1908 that lead to his capture by the United States Revenue Cutter Tuscarora.

The Gills Rock museum is located at 12724 W. Wisconsin Bay Road. The museum is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily through October 21. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youth, and children 4 years and under are free.