The Noon Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 24th annual Rotary Shipyard Tour on May 7, 9 am – 2 pm.
The event is a chance to see the inside workings of the city’s local shipyards, including Bay Shipbuilding Co. and CenterPointe Yacht Services. It is the only day of the year these businesses are open to the public.
“This year’s event will provide a unique opportunity to see a great number of ships both under construction and in repair,” says Jan Harmsen, Sturgeon Bay Rotarian and member of the event committee. “What’s more, shipyard employees themselves serve as tour guides as they share their passion and knowledge of the art of shipbuilding as well as their personal stories.”
Visitors to Bay Shipbuilding will see the barge Louisiana and the tug Barbara Carol Ann Morgan, both currently under construction, as well as a number of other ships. At CenterPointe Marina, visitors will see Great Lakes vessels and custom refit yachts from around the world, all worked on by the company’s renowned craftsmen. Also open for tours will be the 140-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay as well as the Sturgeon Bay Police-Fire Department’s rescue boat. Both vessels will be docked at Graham Park on Sturgeon Bay’s East Side.
Rotary Shipyard Tour tickets are also good for half-price admission to the Door County Maritime Museum, located at 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay.
Visitors may begin their tour at either CenterPointe Marina or Bay Shipbuilding. Both are located along 1st Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.
Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the day of the event, or are available in advance from the Door County Maritime Museum, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center or the Door County YMCA. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for students ages 11-17. For more information, visit sturgeonbayrotary.org.