Fred J. Peterson
1894 - 1993
Fred started his career in 1908 in his father's boatyard, Peterson Boat Works (PBW), at age 14. After PBW burned in 1918, Fred worked as a shipbuilding supervisor at Leathem Smith Shipyard. A resourceful entrepreneur, he was involved in businesses ranging from mink trapping to insurance to make the dream of owning his own shipyard a reality. In 1933, Fred and his wife, Irene, reestablished Peterson Boat Works (later Peterson Builders, Inc.) which became a world-renowned builder of military and commercial ships. PBI originally built fish tugs and yachts, and then Air-Sea rescue boats and subchasers that were required for WWII. After the war PBI returned to building yachts, commercial ships, crew boats and minecraft. In 1946 Fred designed and built his dream ship, the 65' steel and wood schooner Utopia. Proving PBI's capabilities he successfully sailed her around the world in 1956-1959.
Erected by Fred J. Peterson Foundation, Inc.
Location. 44° 49.823′ N, 87° 22.958′ 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.
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1. Peterson Builders, Inc., Sturgeon Bay WI. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay WI. (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 90 times since then and 43 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.