Feb 19, 2018


STURGEON BAY, WI, May 2017-The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 5, 9am-2pm.

On one very special day, you are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For over a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels–commercial, military and pleasure craft–that have traveled to ports around the globe.

One of the largest shipyards on the Great Lakes, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will once more open their doors to the public on the first Saturday of May. Both facilities are located on First Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair, new ship construction and service facilities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The Westside “working waterfront” is again included in the tours this year. Show your shipyard tour ticket and receive half off admission at the Door County Maritime Museum and tug John Purves tours on both Saturday and Sunday. At the Door County Maritime Museum, you can visit the museum, tour the tug John Purves and the USCG 41-footer. From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, representatives will be stationed by the Selvick tugs to converse with guests and the Fred A Busse (Chicago Fireboat) will be open FREE of charge to tour from 9 am until 2 pm. At 2:30 pm the Fred A Busse will be taking paying guests on a 90-minute cruise.

Back by popular demand, this year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay to be open for guided tours FREE of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, from 9am-2pm. We will also have the Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat on location for tours. 

Two busses will be running for the event to shuttle guests between the three stops; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Centerpointe Yacht Services and the Door County Maritime Museum. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tours at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding take around an hour and are on gravel and pavement. Street parking is available along the Third Avenue by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and First Avenue near Centerpointe Yacht Services. Parking is also available in the Door County Maritime Museum’s large parking lot.

Tickets will be available at all three locations on the day of the event and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $6 for students ages 11-17. Guests ages ten and under are free.

The event is brought to you by the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club and proceeds will benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18 and other Door County projects.

For more information about the Shipyard Tours or Rotary Interact, please visit and on Contacts include Rotarians and Shipyard Tour Chairs Scott Bader,, Keith Mutchler,, or Interact Director Lee McConkey, . Thank you and see you on May 5—bring your boat nerd friends!

Media contact:
Scott Bader
Co-Chair of Rotary Shipyard Tours
(920) 493-2107

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