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Photo #1 - Our tour boat Fred A. Busse
Photo #2 - The stately Michigan Street Bridge
Photo #3 - Selvick tugs, Escort II and Jacqueline Nicole, at base near Museum
Photo #4 - Selvick tug, Susan L, at her base
Photo #5 - As we back away from our dock and out into the bay, the Edward L. Ryerson presents a nice stern profile
Photo #6 - The U.S. Coast Guard ship, Mobile Bay, at her base near the Door County Maritime Museum
Photo #7 - We prepare to pass through the Michigan Street Bridge
Photo #8 - The Michigan Street Bridge closes behind us
Photo #9 - The 1898-built tug, John M. Selvick, is still active around the Great Lakes
Photo #10 - The tug-barge, Susan Hannah/Southdown Conquest, is at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs
Photo #11 - The tug Susan Hannah shows her heritage - "Lady Elda - Port of New Orleans"
Photo #12 - It is unusual to see the 1004-ft.-long James R. Barker still in winter lay-up in the middle of June - shown here at Bay Shipbuilding
Photo #13 - The Sturgeon Bay fire department checking its equipment
Photo #14 - Sherwood Point Lighthouse was built in 1882, the same year the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal was finished
Photo #15 - Sherwood Point marks the entrance to Sturgeon Bay from the bay of Green Bay
Photo #16 - After we turn around, we approach Bay Shipbuilding. This huge overhead gantry crane, which is capable of lifting 200 tons, straddles the only graving dock on the Great Lakes which can handle the huge 1000-ft.-long ships.
Photo #17 - The 105-ft.-wide bow of the James R. Barker is an impressive sight
Photo #18 - The U.S. Coast Guard ship, Biscayne Bay, is also at Bay Shipbuilding
Photo #19 - Stern view of the Biscayne Bay
Photo #20 - The floating dry-dock at Bay Shipbuilding is used for small-to-medium-sized ships.
Photo #21 - We approach the Southdown Conquest
Photo #22 - A stern view of the Susan Hannah/Southdown Conquest
Photo #23 - The Michigan Street Bridge opens on our return. Our tour is at about the halfway point.
Photo #24 - We approach the Edward L. Ryerson, which has sadly been laid-up in Sturgeon Bay since 1998 - you can see more about her on my Edward L. Ryerson page.
Photo #25 - The stern of the Edward L. Ryerson
Photo #26 - The stately bow of the Edward L. Ryerson
Photo #27 - The 15-million-dollar yacht, Anson Bell, was built by Palmer Johnson, and is about ready for delivery.
Photo #28 - A bows-on look at the Edward L. Ryerson
Photo #29 - A seaweed removal vessel chops off the weeds near the bay bottom and, using a conveyor belt, deposits the cut-off weeds on the vessel
Photo #30 - We approach the Bay View Bridge that was built as part of the Sturgeon Bay highway by-pass
Photo #31 - We head for the east end of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, and Lake Michigan (it was about here that we lost the transmission on one engine)
Photo #32 - A bald eagle checks out the proceedings.
Photo #33 - The picturesque Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Station at the entrance to Lake Michigan
Photo #34 - A wide view of the Coast Guard Station
Photo #35 - Another view of the Coast Guard Station
Photo #36 - A cute reminder on a Coast Guard out-building along the canal
Photo #37 - A view of the Coast Guard Station from the east end of the canal
Photo #38 - The 1882-built lighthouse, Big Red, on the Lake Michigan side of Sturgeon Bay guards the entrance to the canal
Photo #39 - Because we lost the use of one engine on this tour, the captain decides to turn around in a placid Lake Michigan. This view is not usually included on the tour.
Photo #40 - One more look at the Coast Guard Station from out in Lake Michigan
Photo #41 - This is the view a ship's captain sees when entering Sturgeon Bay from Lake Michigan.
Photo #42 - The 1960-built Edward L. Ryerson and the 2002-built Anson Bell. Which cost more? - The Ryerson cost 8-million dollars, while the Anson Bell was 7-million dollars MORE, or $15-million!
Photo #43 - One more view of my favorite Great Lakes ship
Photo #44 - The stern of a great ship
Photo #45 - The tour is over, and the ex-Chicago Fire Boat, Fred A. Busse, will get the needed repairs. Thus ends a wonderful tour of Sturgeon Bay.