The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on May 5, 9 am – 2 pm. On one day, the community is invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay. For more than a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels – commercial, military and pleasure craft – that have traveled to ports around the globe.
One of the largest shipyards on the Great Lakes, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will once more open their doors to the public on the first Saturday of May. Both facilities are located on First Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair, new ship construction and service facilities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.
Show your shipyard tour ticket and receive half off admission at the Door County Maritime Museum and tug John Purves tours on Saturday and Sunday. From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, representatives will be stationed by the Selvick tugs to converse with guests and the Fred A Busse will be open free of charge to tour. At 2:30 pm the Fred A Busse will take paying guests on a 90-minute cruise.
This year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay to be open for guided tours free of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, 9 am to 2 pm. The Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station and the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat will be on location for tours.
Two busses will shuttle guests between the three stops: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Centerpointe Yacht Services and the Door County Maritime Museum. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Tickets will be available at all three locations on the day of the event and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Ticket prices are $15 adults, $6 for students (11-17), and free for kids (ages 10 and younger).
The event is brought to you by the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club and proceeds will benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18 and other Door County projects.
For more information visit sturgeonbayrotary.org and Facebook.com/RotaryShipyardTour.