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Local Artist Inspired By Service In The U.S. Navy


M.W. “Doc” Ranly, owner of the Ranly Maritime Gallery, sure is glad the Bayview Bridge is closed.His gallery sits right next to the Michigan Street Bridge, and Ranly has seen more people stopping to visit with the detour passing through on Business 42/57.

The Ranly Maritime Gallery is bursting at the seams with Ranly’s work – including paintings, model ships and even a few model planes. The retired Naval officer got his art degree in the Navy Reserves.

Ranly takes some time to touch up one of his model ship projects. Originally, Ranly only placed the model ships as decoration in the gallery to complement his paintings. Now, Ranly says model ships account for about 40% of his sales.


Ranly opened his first gallery near his home in Ephraim after retiring in 1991 but health issues forced the Ranly family to move to Sturgeon Bay in 2001. Every day Ranly would drive to his gallery but eventually tired of the commute.

Two models are displayed for sale at the Ranly Maritime Gallery in Sturgeon Bay. Gallery owner Doc Ranly builds new models and repairs old ones.


In 2003, Ranly moved his gallery to its current location in downtown Sturgeon Bay. If you stop by the gallery you’ll see Ranly working on one of his projects, whether it’s a model ship or a watercolor painting.

The Ranly Maritime Gallery is open almost daily and beginning Memorial Day Doc will be there seven days a week through Labor Day.


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