George J. Baudhuin
1909 - 1969
George J. "Butch" Baudhuin was a primary force in the pleasure boat industry in Door County. Recognizing Sturgeon Bay's unique location connecting Lake Michigan and Green Bay, he began Baudhuin Yacht Harbor (now Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor) in 1944, a marina highly respected for sales, service and hospitality. In 1954, Baudhuin pioneered Travelift, the straddle-type mobile boat hoist that dramatically changed the handling of pleasure boats. Started as Marine Travelift and Engineering, Inc., the company manufactured truck-drawn and self-propelled hoists. Travelift adaptations are used for pre-stressed concrete and missile industries. Through the use of the Travelift, railroad "piggybacking" was improved to allow for the side-loading of shipments from trucks to railroad flat cars. Today, Marine Travelift, Inc. is a worldwide leader in marine lift systems. In 1952, Baudhuin donated land for the site of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
Location. 44° 49.827′ N, 87° 22.963′ W. Marker is in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Also see . . .
1. Baudhuin's Self-propelled Mobile Lift Patent Info. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Marine Travelift History. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. George J. Baudhuin at Find A Grave. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.