Bring a cake with a lot of candles on it if you plan on checking out the Tug John Purves in Sturgeon Bay next week. The Tug John Purves docked just behind the Door County Maritime Museum is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. After sailing all around North America as a U.S. Navy tug boat, Roen Salvage Company in Sturgeon Bay purchased it in 1956 before it was donated to the museum in 2003. Executive Director Kevin Osgood says it has a very interesting history, including trips to the Aleutian Islands near Alaska during its tour of duty in World War II.
The Door County Maritime Museum will celebrate the tug’s 100th anniversary with a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 1st, which is also the day its other seasonal attractions the Cana Island Lighthouse and Death’s Door Maritime Museum open to the public. You can hear more tales of the Tug John Purves and about this year’s special “Nuts and Bolts” tours online with this story.