The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay will present its 26th annual shipyard tour on May 4. For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) and CenterPointe Yacht Services (CPYS) open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry.
Last June, FBS marked its 50th anniversary of doing business in Sturgeon Bay. The largest shipbuilder on the Great Lakes, it was the winter home of 14 boats, including three 1,000-footers. Guests will see some of the materials for the first Great Lakes bulk carrier to be built in almost 40 years and learn about the permanent machinery, buildings and structures necessary to build and repair the ships.
The vessels built at CPYS over the past century have gained a worldwide reputation courtesy of outstanding craftsmanship by shipbuilders, welders, electrical and electronic experts, woodworkers, pipe fitters and mechanics. Guests will see the boat-building equipment and infrastructure, which are still in operation.
Shipyard-tour participants will receive 50 percent off admission to the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) and tours of the tug John Purves on May 4-5. Along the westside waterfront, guests may see the green Selvick Marine Towing tugs that assist with moving massive freighters into and out of FBS’s docks. A walking-tour map of the DCMM’s outdoor artifacts is available.
A limited number of shipyard-tour tickets will be available. Tours departing FBS and CPYS will begin at 9 am, and the last tour group will need to be in line by 1:15 pm. Guests may visit the DCMM after the shipyard tour. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for ages 11-17. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit sturgeonbayrotaryclub.org.