Tours Resume on Tug John Purves

The Door County Maritime Museum resumes tours of the Tug John Purves in April with an abbreviated schedule before undertaking an ambitious daily slate of docent-led tours in May.

The immaculately restored 149-foot vessel was rededicated last summer after being repositioned in front of the Sturgeon Bay museum and proved to be an extremely popular attraction once public tours began in August. Winter weather forced the tours to be discontinued for the first three months of this year, but a dedicated crew of volunteers has used the time to apply more touches to the remarkable five-year restoration project that began in 2003. Many of those same volunteers now are members of the docent team that conduct the 40-minute tours.

Tours in April will be held on Saturdays and Sundays before beginning daily operations in May. Hours are 10:30 am – 3:30 pm with tours leaving on the half hour. Tours will be expanded Memorial Day weekend, with a 9:30 am start.

The cost of the tour is $5 per person, the same as last year when more than 2,500 people came aboard after tours began in August. The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N. Madison Ave. between the two downtown bridges on Sturgeon Bay’s West Side. For more information call 920.743.5958 or visit