By Tim Kowols
Two United States Coast Guard cutter ships will dock in Sturgeon Bay next month for Maritime Week celebrations. The USCG Cutter Escanaba will arrive August 5 and the USCG Cutter Neah Bay will arrive August 6 for a few days for public tours. The original Escanaba was sunk by enemy forces during World War II, claiming the lives of four Door County men with it. The Door County Maritime Museum will host a public memorial service and wreath presentation in honor of Maplewood’s Leonard Delsart, Sturgeon Bay’s Clarence E “Bud” Christensen and Victor J. Londo, and Ellison Bay’s George W. Larson on August 6. Carrie Dorski from the Door County Maritime Museum says it is important to link the past and the present during Maritime Week activities.
Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay officially runs from August 4 to 12. You can learn more about the visiting Cutter Escanaba and Cutter Neah Bay below.
INFORMATION AND PICTURE FROM THE DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM
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.
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/