Sturgeon Bay Hosts Annual Shipyard Tours, May 5

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 20thannual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 5, from 9 am – 2 pm.

Sturgeon Bay Shipyards

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 a mainstay of 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.

Three facilities, all located on 1st Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, will be participating Saturday, May 5 from 9 am – 2 pm. Bay Shipbuilding, Palmer Johnson Yachts and Great Lakes Yacht Services will open their doors to the public for this once-a-year event. Start the tour at any one of the facilities and see first-hand, the efforts of the many professionals who work in Door County’s ship repair and new naval construction businesses. Guided walking tours are offered at Bay Shipbuilding and Great Lakes Yacht Services, while self-guided walking tours are available at Palmer Johnson Yachts.

Tickets will be available at all three shipyard entry gates on the day of the event. Ticket prices are $12 per adult and $6 for students age 11-17. Ages ten and under are free.

Back by popular demand, this year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot USCG cutter Mobile Bay to be open for guided tours free of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, from 9 am – 2 pm.

New this year – with purchase of a Shipyard Tour ticket, attendees are eligible to receive 50% off on the admission to the Door County Maritime Museum.  This also includes access to the restored tug, John Purves.  For more information on the Door County Maritime Museum, see

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay helps organize this annual tour. All proceeds from the event benefit local youth programs, projects, and activities. For more information, please see or contact Rotarians and Shipyard Tour Chairs, Don Albert at or Keith Mutchler at