As we expect every year, the winter fleet will soon be making their way in to Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin for their winter layup at bay Shipbuilding.

I do not have the dates for this year yet, as of 12/18/20, but they should probably come out soon via Bay Shipbuilding, Destination Sturgeon Bay, or the Door County Maritime Museum.  So check those sources for the most up to date info.  However, once I see the info I will definitely update it here!

Sturgeon Bay Winter Fleet Schedule

Dates are subject to change of course.

Ship NameExpected Arrival Date


How to photograph the winter fleet

If you would like to know where some good viewpoints are for photographing the winter fleet, check out my blog post on the subject.  How to Photograph Freighters in Sturgeon Bay


The Walter J McCarthy Jr arrives in the Port of Sturgeon Bay to join the winter fleet at Bay Shipbuilding.


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The freighter Mesabi Miner makes her way past the Sturgeon Bay North Pierhead Lighthouse at sunrise.