Vote for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

Voting is open for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin, and the Mark W. Barker has been nominated. 

The new, 639-foot bulk carrier built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay was given a ceremonial launch in October 2021, and it was officially christened this year. Owned by Interlake Steamship – the largest privately held shipping company on the Great Lakes – the Mark W. Barker is the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. Click here to learn more about it.

The first round of voting runs through Sept. 27. To vote for the Mark W. Barker, visit and click on the photo of the ship, or vote directly at Anyone may vote once per device, every 24 hours.

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