Fleet of Ships to Arrive and Dock in Sturgeon Bay August 14th
Sturgeon Bay (June
24, 2013) – The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival® is
returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 16-18, 2013. As an
added community enrichment to its presenting sponsorship,
Baylake Bank has requested arrangements for a minimum of nine
TALL SHIPS® to muster and navigate into the Sturgeon Bay canal
the afternoon of Wednesday, August 14, 2013 between the hours of
3:00 – 6:30 p.m. (timing is approximate and is pending weather
and other sailing conditions). While in Sturgeon Bay, the ships
will tie up for the evening along the many beautiful public
docks and waterfront walkways between the Bay View Bridge and
just north of the Michigan Street Bridge where the public is
invited to view the ships, take in all that the local business
community has to offer, and attend city and county supported
events being planned for the late afternoon and evening.
The confirmed ships include:
• The Sorlandet—a majestic Class A square-rigged ship
built in Norway in 1927 and at approximately 201 feet is the
largest ship at the festival.
• The Appledore IV—is a gaff-rigged schooner of a type
typical of those sailed on the Great Lakes to the end of the
age of sail.
• The Hindu—this sleek 79-foot tall ship rivals the tall
tales of any salty dog.
• The Halie & Matthew-- is a two-masted, Gaff-rigged
schooner replicating the design of a 19th century New
England fishing schooner.
• Windy—is the first certified four-masted traditional
sailing vessel built in the USA since 1921.
• Peacemaker—is owned by the Twelve Tribes, a religious
group with 50 or so communities located in North America,
South America, Europe and Australia.
• S/V Denis Sullivan— Wisconsin’s flagship S/V Denis
Sullivan, which was designed by Sturgeon Bay marine
architect Timothy Graul.
• STV Unicorn—sails with the only all-female crewed tall
ship in the world with proven on-board leadership and
development programs for teenage girls and women.
• Flagship Niagara—an area favorite 98 foot training vessel.
“The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival® has become symbolic of our
deep commitment to the community, and we are thrilled to once
again serve as title sponsor of this event. We are also very
excited to help bring this unique preview opportunity to
Sturgeon Bay and Door County. Although ships will not be open to
board, we encourage the public to welcome the ships from key
viewing areas and public walkways as they come into Sturgeon Bay
to dock for the evening. With all that our waterfront and
Sturgeon Bay has to offer, we hope businesses, community groups,
and home owners will embrace this occasion and host or support
other planned activities to create even more ways for people to
see and enjoy these amazing ships,” commented Sue Anschutz,
Baylake Bank SVP Marketing.
According to Sgt. Chad Hougaard of the Sturgeon Bay Police
Department, the ships will be escorted by the US Coast Guard and
the Sturgeon Bay Police Department Marine Patrol Unit and will
come through the channel in groups of three or four and plan to
tie up for the evening on both the east and west sides of the
bay where the City will accommodate them overnight at various
public docks. More information as it relates to marine safety
zone details for boaters will be provided at a later date.
A group with representatives from the US Coast Guard, Sturgeon
Bay Police, Sturgeon Bay Park and Recreation Department, local
businesses and visitor centers, waterfront organizations like
D.C. Maritime Museum and others who were involved with the last
visit in 2010, have been instrumental community partners again
in helping to plan for this upcoming visit and to work with
event organizers PMI Entertainment Group Inc. to ensure a safe
visit and departure to Green Bay for the festival.
A Sturgeon Bay waterfront map is currently available at the
Visitor Center and shows the key viewing areas, public docks and walkways in
downtown Sturgeon Bay as well as highlights some of the
community events currently scheduled for that date in August
including extended hours for the Door County Maritime Museum.
Trolley services have also been sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay
Visitor Center and will be downtown to take visitors to the east
and west sides of Sturgeon Bay. Businesses or
organizations who have questions or wish to become
involved can contact Amy DeMeter at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor
Center by calling (920) 743-6246. In addition, all current
information regarding the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival®,
sailing trips from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay, and all festival
ticket information is available online at
The Door County Advocate is planning to publish a special insert
on August 7, 2013 prior to the visit that will include pictures
and descriptions of each ship, and provide for advertising
opportunities for businesses or other organizations that might
be planning special activities related to the visit closer to
“There is a lot happening in Door County and Sturgeon Bay in
August, and we’re hoping to spread the word early about this
unique maritime event to visitors and residents alike,” said
Todd Trimberger Executive Director of Sturgeon Bay Visitor
Center. "We have a lot to be proud of in our community.”