The restored John Purves tug, now at the Door County Maritime Museum, is shown at Bay Shipbuilding Co. during a previous Shipyard Tour. Both facilities are part of this year's Shipyard Tours May 4 when the public can get an inside look at ship repair and construction.
The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 21st annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4, giving an inside view to the county's shipbuilding industry.
Three facilities, all located on First Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, will be participating: Palmer Johnson Yachts, Bay Shipbuilding Co. and Great Lakes Yacht Services will open their doors to the public for this annual event.
Visitors can start the tour at any one of these facilities and see the efforts of many professionals who work in Door County's ship repair and construction businesses. Guided walking tours are offered at Bay Shipbuilding and Great Lakes Yacht Services, while self-guided walking tours are offered at Palmer Johnson Yachts. Coach bus transportation will be provided between tour sites.
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 ages 11-17. Guests ages 10 and under are free.
Back by popular demand, the U.S. Coast Guard will open its 140-foot USCG cutter Mobile Bay for guided tours free of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay the same day.
With the purchase of a ticket, attendees can receive 50 percent off on the admission to the Door county Maritime Museum during the shipyard tour weekend. This includes access to the restored John Purves tug.
The event is sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club, and all proceeds benefit Door County Rotary scholarships and other community service programs conducted by Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18.
"It's an honor to be a part of such a great group," said Brandi Hernandez, Rotary Youth Interact secretary. "Just this past year we have given back to our community by doing various service projects such as bell ringing, being mentors at the Boys and Girls Club and raking leaves. The difference we are making in our community and the world is only one step that will lead to greater things."
For more information about the Shipyard Tours or Rotary Interact, visit www.sturgeonbayrotary.org or contact Rotarians and Shipyard Tour co-chairs Don Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Mutchler at email@example.com.