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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Each winter, the Door County Maritime Museum hosts a wooden boatbuilding class. At the end of the class, tickets are sold throughout the summer for a raffle drawing to win the newly constructed handmade masterpiece. Along with the grand prize of the completed wooden boat, more than fifty additional prizes are typically available. The

tags: Canoes & Kayaks, Education, History, Lake Michigan, Promotions & Giveaways

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Maritime Speaker Series returns to the Door County Maritime Museum for the 2017-2018 season. This year boasts an impressive lineup of speakers to educate and entertain maritime enthusiasts. The series runs the first Thursday of each month and kicks off on November 2 with award-winning columnist and author of ten books, Rochelle

tags: History, Lake Michigan

Monday, October 23, 2017

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel homeported in Newport, R.I. is back safe at her berth at Fort Adams State Park after an incident that left her disabled in inner Newport Harbor. On the evening of Sunday, October 15, the 200-foot Perry, with 12 crewmembers aboard, was moving under diesel

tags: Education, History, Sailing

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Maritime enthusiasts can now celebrate our maritime heritage with two great Door County maritime institutions. The Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club have partnered up to offer reduced rates to new members with dual memberships in 2017. Current members of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) can join the Door

tags: Boat Club, History, Yacht Club

Monday, July 10, 2017

Shipwrecks fascinate everyone–the mystery, the tragedy, and the interest in a lifestyle lived long ago. In the Great Lakes, there are around 8000 ships that have wrecked since Europeans began sailing the Inland Seas. This includes wrecks from the earliest, LaSalle’s Le Griffon in 1679, to the behemoth Edmund Fitzgerald in

tags: History

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Visitors to South Bass Island this summer have the chance to explore Lake Erie science and history at the South Bass Island Lighthouse, Aquatic Visitors Center and Gibraltar Island, which all open for tours this week. South Bass Island Lighthouse, which was completed in 1897, is located at the southwest tip of the island and was in

tags: History

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In the modern history of the United States Coast Guard, there has been a rapid shift from mistaken identity to a brand identity. The iconic orange and blue Racing Stripe – painted on the bow of every USCG vessel – provides a perfect example of an innovative solution to this identity problem. But where did the idea come

tags: History

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock will open May 26-28 for Memorial Day weekend. The museum will open daily for the season on June 3 and remain open through October 15, 2017. After taking the scenic trip to the tip of Door County, visitors will find a wealth of maritime history awaiting them at the Door County Maritime

tags: Events, History, Lake Michigan

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be hosting a family friendly concert this Saturday, May 20 at 6:30pm, by the Boys of Bay City featuring historic 19th century sea shanties. The concert will be performed on board the USS Brig Niagara, which will be docked at the museum this weekend for private events. The Niagara will be

tags: Events, History, Lake Erie

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The S.S. Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. She has provided a fun, reliable, and affordable shortcut across beautiful Lake Michigan for more than 60 years and has transported millions of passengers since her rebirth in 1992. In 2016, she received the nation’s highest historic

tags: History