Door County Maritime Museum has a lot of historical history for the area. Before automobiles people used water ways to travel and move goods. The waterways of Door County played a significant role in the development of the local and inter-state commerce and culture. The waterways were often quite treacherous and as a result required the construction of lighthouses. There are many shipwrecks around the Door Peninsula. What I found very interesting was around Wisconsin there are 700 shipwrecks alone. I never realized that the Great Lakes are even more treacherous then the ocean.
Sturgeon Bay is known for its shipbuilding. Lot of ships come and go for the canal. There are new ones and ones that come in to be repaired in winter. To this day it still exists. We also have Palmer Johnson which is known for it’s yachts. Inside the museum there are many mini replicas of different ships and how they were built. Just to name a few there are torpedo chasers, tankers, fishing boats, military, and ferry’s. I am sure I am missing some but that is all I could remember at the top of my head.
There was a video that talked about women working in the shipyard. They worked in the shipyard during World War 2. There was a lack of men from being in the war that they needed someone to continue to work to build and repair things.
This is a Japanese ship of some sorts. I didn’t get time to read the little label by it and what it was all about. I thought it was interesting in the way it looked.
This was a mini replica of a Viking ship. Again I didn’t get to read the little label. I am not sure what significance these two ships have with the Great Lakes or even Door County for that matter. I thought they were really interesting though.
We toured the engine room. We saw all the different engines both big and small. We also saw the different controls for the engine room. Which they really did change over time.
There is also a periscope from a submarine that you can look through. The neatest thing about this is that you can see all over town. You can turn it in circles and adjust the range depth to see. My son really enjoyed looking through this. We watched cars cross the bridge and we could see the tree lines. It was gorgeous. This would be neat for tourists that come and visit. We get a lot of tourists in Door County.
The tug John Purves is renovated. It was built it in 1919. There is a 40 minute tour of the tug, however we couldn’t tour it because they do it during peak times of tourist season. It was fine with me because I don’t like being on boats. This is a historical boat that played a role during World War 2. Not exactly sure of all the history.
Now on to my sons favorite part of the museum. They had the final days of the Pirate Exhibit. There were little boxes that you had to guess the smell. It could be of rum, diesel, salty ocean air, and I forget what the last one was. You could also dress up as a pirate. There was also a pirate ship that you could steer the wheel, fire cannons at ships, ring the bell, and just wander through.
The above picture was one of the layouts of Blackbeard’s Flagship and Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Site. I am not exactly sure where the shipwreck is. I got rushed towards the end.
These were actual artifacts found from the pirate shipwreck. I though they were really interesting.
The above picture is the Pirate’s fate! Let’s just leave it at that!
This above is all from the Spaniards. I believe this was treasure or bounty. It was really neat to see the different jewels and the coins. the coins were odd and different shapes. I found that to be kind of fascinating.
This was an exciting part of the trip as we have been studying different maps and map tools in geography class. If you look close you can see a sundial compass. I was hoping to find some older navigation or maps through the museum but I didn’t see any. I made sure to point it out to Dakota. I love when you can see actual history and have a visual.
There was also a plaque awarded to our Coast Guard this year by the Governor. Sturgeon Bay has been made home to the Coast Guard. We have had them come out to Girl Scout meetings and we want to take a tour of the canal at some point. There is even a Coast Guard ship that sits in the canal. I believe it deals with customs. It’s nice for them to be able to call Sturgeon Bay home as many Coast Guard and their families lives there. They play an important role as well.
I have a ton more pictures but these are the ones that turned out the best. Not the greatest pictures with my iphone for some reason. We had a great time together! Glad we went when we did as this was the last weekend of the exhibit. Looking forward to the next new exhibit they have. I also was told that they were building a replica of the light house where you can go up into this light house and see all over town. Which will be neat to see. There are also two more Maritime Museums in Door County we plan to visit.