Above: View of Sturgeon Bay with thirteen lake freighters in winter layup with the Sturgeon Bay Bridge (The Michigan Street Bridge) in the center. Note: The Sturgeon Bay Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic: christine.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin - the "Shipbuilding Capital" of the Great Lakes.
Sturgeon Bay is a city in Door County, Wisconsin. it is also the county seat. It is located at the natural end of Sturgeon Bay, although the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal was built across the remainder of the Door Peninsula connecting Green Bay with Lake Michigan.
In 1891, Charles Mitchell Whiteside (1854-1924), a member of the Wisconsin Assembly, sponsored a bill that merged the community of Sawyer, Wisconsin with Sturgeon Bay.
The "Shipbuilding Capital" of the Great Lakes
Sturgeon Bay remains home to a number of shipyards where colossal freighters seek refuge from the elements along with routine maintenance during winter. Each year, the annual winter layup takes place as Great Lakes freeze and the Soo Locks close for yearly maintenance.
For more information on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the City of Sturgeon Bay website at www.sturgeonbaywi.org.
Or, visit the Sturgeon Bay/Door County Visitor Center website at www.sturgeonbay.net.
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Above: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Coordinates: 44.832346°N 87.372076°W
The "Shipbuilding Capital" of the Great Lakes.
Above: Historic Door County Shipbuilding. How Sturgeon Bay became known as one of the best shipbuilding cities in the world and how the industry grew to define the city.
Above: A view of Bay Shipbuilding from Potawatomi State Park, July 2008. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported: Royalbroil.
Above: Paul R. Tregurtha Ore carrier in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Above: Launching of the USS Chattanooga (PF-65), later renamed USS Uniontown (PF-65) at the Leathem B. Smith Shipbuilding Company shipyard at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (1943).
Above: The USNS Kane (a Silas Bent class survey ship) was built by the Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched on November 20, 1965.