Sturgeon Bay

See Maritime Landmarks & History

Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast is overflowing with thousands of stories of brave ship captains, bustling maritime commerce and schooner shipwrecks. Plus, the sixty-mile coast boasts a bounty of maritime icons. We promise you’ll have an amazing voyage.

The state’s two largest maritime museums are the southern and northern anchors of the Schooner Coast. Each delivers a wealth of insight on the rich maritime heritage of Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast and helps guide your trip.

One hundred years ago, maritime navigation was treacherous and the shipping industry was unregulated so catastrophes were relatively common. Each shipwreck along the Schooner Coast conveys its own gripping tale.

The Schooner Coast includes seven towering lighthouses that were constructed more than 100 years ago and equipped with brilliant lights to slice through moonless nights, dense fog and ferocious gales to guide schooners and other vessels safely into port.

The Schooner Coast is home to a number of modern maritime vessels that represent the area’s vibrant boatbuilding, commercial fishing and shipping industries. Today, multimillion-dollar yachts, one-thousand-foot lake freighters and research vessels are still constructed at shipyards in Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay.


Please visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum & the Door County Maritime Museum

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