By Paul Schmitt
Hundreds of people experienced an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday. The annual Rotary Club Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours gave the public the opportunity to see first-hand the operations of the largest shipyard on the great lakes. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services opened their doors along the waterfront. Lines outside of Bay Ship were so long in the early morning that tour groups were doubled up to 40 people to move people through more quickly. Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay co-chair Kevin Mutchler explains the reason for the event.
Free tours were offered by the US Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay at Graham Park along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat. The working waterfront on the west side was added this year featuring the Door County Maritime Museum, Selvick Tugs and the John Purves.