By Terry Kovarik
One of the key attractions at Sturgeon Bay’s Maritime week is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Escanaba”, which is named after Escanaba, Michigan. The 270-foot long vessel calls Boston its home port. It’s primary missions are to aid commercial fishing and thwart drug smuggling efforts in the Caribbean Sea. But one of the ship’s commanders says Escanaba also handles humanitarian missions.
The cutter “Escanaba” is the third ship to have that name. The first “Escanaba” was sunk by a mine or enemy torpedo while escorting a convoy off of Newfoundland . All but two of the 105-man crew were killed. Among the casualties were four Door County men.