Maritime Museum Seeks Volunteers

Historic tugboat John Purves at moorings in Sturgeon Bay.

The Door County Maritime Museum is seeking personable and cheerful individuals interested in serving as volunteer tour guides on the historic tugboat John Purves. This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic group of volunteers, meet visitors from all parts of the country, learn about Door County’s maritime heritage, and explore every nook and cranny on this massive tug built in 1919. No prior shipboard or maritime experience is necessary.

The immaculately restored 149-foot tugboat has proven to be a popular attraction since opening to the public in August of 2008, following a remarkable five-year restoration project. Many of the volunteers who completed the restoration now are members of the docent team that conduct the 45-minute guided tours.

The tugboat is permanently moored next to the maritime museum at 120 N. Madison Ave between the two downtown bridges on Sturgeon Bay’s West Side. For more information call Mitch Custer at 920.743.5958.