Museum Hopes to add Lifeboat to Outdoor Exhibits

If the Sturgeon Bay City Council gives the go-ahead, a piece of Door County maritime history could join other exhibits displayed outside the Maritime Museum’s waterfront facility in Sturgeon Bay. The museum has been offered a 26-foot enclosed lifeboat from the 1,000-foot vessel Edwin H. Gott. The craft was designed to carry 44 men and handle the worst possible conditions at sea. The Gott was constructed in Sturgeon Bay in 1979. The city council must sign off on the display because the vessel would be located on city property near the museum. If the council endorses the idea, the lifeboat would be cleaned, restored, sealed and installed into a permanent location on a plot of grass on the north side of the parking lot that already houses some Door County Maritime Museum artifacts. It would be an arrangement similar to the Coast Guard rescue boat on display on the west side of the lot.

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