Liberty Grove in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Fishtug Skipper
In 1945, the brothers ordered this new fishtug at the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding and Dry-Dock Company. The Skipper, named in honor of their father, was built with a 42' long steel hull with an aft pilothouse. To power it a large 30-36 HP Khalenburg oil engine was installed. The approximate cost being $12,000.
A typical day aboard the Skipper started at Weborg's wharf in Gills Rock at 5:30 am. They loaded the gill nets, ice, and fish boxes, torched the engine, and departed with an hour. The Weborg brothers worked this schedule 6 days a week, 6-7 months a year. They would go out in all kinds of weather even when ice started to form on the lake.
On the water, the duo would lift eight boxes of nets, removing the
Throughout the partnership, Howard took the lead with Emery acting as his second. They fished together for nearly 50 years most of them aboard the Skipper. Upon retiring they donated the Skipper in 2002 to the Door County Maritime Museum where it was installed here as a testament to the commercial fishing heritage of this area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 17.443′ N, 87° 1.263′ W. Marker is in Liberty Grove, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Wisconsin Bay Road and Highway 42T, on the left when traveling south. The marker and tug are located at the entrance to the grounds of Death's Door Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12724 West Wisconsin Bay Road, Ellison Bay WI 54210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Skipper (here, next to this marker); Rudder from the "City of Glasgow" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anchor (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Anchor (about 500 feet away); Windlass & Associated EquipmentAir Funnel (about 500 feet away); Ancient Shorelines (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Niagara Escarpment (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty Grove.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2022, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2022, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.