Jul 30, 2018
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin — The U.S. Coast Guard cutters Escanaba (WMEC-907) and Neah Bay (WTGB-105) will make port calls in Sturgeon Bay as part of the city’s annual Maritime Week celebration. Both cutters will open for public tours at times during their visit.
Cutter Escanaba will arrive Sunday, August 5 and depart Tuesday, August 7. Cutter Neah Bay will arrive Monday, August 6 and depart early on Thursday, August 12. Exact departure and arrival times are not yet available.
USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) is a 270-foot United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts. The cutter is named for her predecessor, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77). The original Cutter Escanaba was named for the river and city of Escanaba, located on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The first Cutter Escanaba served on the Great Lakes and was stationed in Grand Haven, Michigan, until the start of WWII. She was sunk by either a mine or enemy torpedo on June 13, 1943 while escorting a convoy between Greenland and Newfoundland. There were only two survivors out of her crew of over 100 men. Four of the men who perished that night were from Door County. The local Coast Guardsmen lost were Clarence E. “Bud” Christensen of Sturgeon Bay, Leonard Delsart of Maplewood, George W. Larson of Ellison Bay, and Victor J. Londo, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay.
A public memorial service and wreath presentation is scheduled for 10:30 am on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Door County Maritime Museum. The ceremony will honor and commemorate those lost with Cutter Escanaba on that fateful night in 1943. Relatives of the local Coast Guardsmen lost are invited and encouraged to attend. All attending relatives of those lost will be recognized during the ceremony.
USCGC Neah Bay (WTGB-105) is a 140-foot Bay Class Icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland, Ohio. Her missions include Icebreaking, maritime security, lighthouse maintenance, and maritime law enforcement. The Neah Bay can proceed continuously through ice up to 20 inches thick and break ice up to 3 feet thick by backing and ramming.
Cutter Escanaba is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on Monday, August 6 from 9:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Cutter Neah Bay is tentatively scheduled to open for tours on both Wednesday, August 8 and Friday August 10 from 10:00-12:00 am and 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
More information about the Cutter Escanaba and her predecessors can be found at: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Area-Cutters/CGCESCANABA/
More information about the Cutter Neah Bay and the Bay Class icebreaking tugs can be found at: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-9/Ninth-District-Staff/Prevention-Division/Cutters/NEAH-BAY/
The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is comprised of three locations; Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information, please visit www.DCMM.org or call (920) 743-5958.