Celebrating the 100th birthday of Tug John Purves

A cold, rainy, windy day didn't prevent people from coming out to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Tug John Purves at the Door County Maritime Museum on Wednesday. Speakers shared the history of the Tug John Purves which was originally named the Butterfield. Stories were shared about all the hard work put into the boat after it was donated to the Maritime Museum in 2003. Paul Graf, one of the speakers at the celebration and one of the many who volunteered time to clean up the tugboat, said over 32,000 hours were put into the rehab effort. Kevin Osgood, executive director of the Door County Maritime Museum, says the Tug John Purves is a good reminder of the great history of Door County.



Osgood added by taking the special "Nuts and Bolts" tours, you can hear some of the other stories that happened on the boat. The event was free and open to the public. Extra chairs were needed in the Bridge Room at the museum to accommodate everyone in attendance.




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