Ships Log July 29, 2005
Bay area was orginally the home of Native American tribes
such as the Menominee, Winnabago and Outagamie. Maritime commerce started
with the French fur traders. The first permanent settler of Door County was
Increase Clafiln who built his cabin on the current site of Peninsula
State Park (Peninsula
State Park--Summer Map)in 1830. He was followed by German,
Scandnavian and Irish pioneers. The Canal
joining green Bay, through Sturgeon Bay to Lake Michigan was started in
1872 and completed in 1880. The funds for the lighthouse were appropriated
by Congress in 1881. Lumber from Wisconsin's forests was ferried to market
by hundreds of tall sailing ships.
We sailed out of Quarterdeck
Marina at 9:30 am.
We hailed the Sturgeon Bay Michigan Avenue (west) Bridge and found
that they open on the hour. Our old chart stated that both bridges opened
on the hour and half hour. In fact, the east bridge now opens on demand and
the west bridge on the hour only. At 10:00 we were on our way. We passed the
ship building facilities and the classic yards of Palmer Johnson and
Great Lakes Yacht Services. Sturgeon Bay has been a major ship building
port since the days of wooden craft through the steel ships of the World Wars
to modern freighters and Palmer Johnson's beautiful aluminum yachts. We also
passed the large Coast Guard ship and numerous tugs at the Door County
Maritime Museum. Sturgeon Bay is officially in Door County, and it is located
in the middle of the narrow channel dividing Door County from the rest
of Wisconsin. However, since it is industrial, we didn't feel as if we were
in "Door County" until entering Green Bay. We entered Green
Bay and headed north into a brisk breeze. We tacked back and forth for a few
hours before resorting to motorsailing the rest of the way to Fish Creek.
We often find ourselves needing to travel directly into the wind. We anchored
in Fish Creek in mid afternoon and finally felt that we had arrived in Door
County! It was soooo beautiful!
Lighthouse photos through out our site are of ones we passed
and relied on for safe navigation.