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Near Denmark in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wisconsin's Maritime Industries

 
 
Wisconsin's Maritime Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 12, 2009
1. Wisconsin's Maritime Industries Marker
Inscription.  Since about 1840, the lakeshore area from Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay has been a center for shipping, fishing, and shipbuilding on the upper Great Lakes. Early shipping was characterized by sail and steam vessels docking at small private piers extending into the lake. In the 1860s, lakeshore communities improved their har­bors so that ships could dock farther inland. Completion of the Sturgeon Bay Canal in 1880 greatly shortened the Lake Michigan-Green Bay passage. Manitowoc and Kewaunee became car ferry terminals in the 1890s and remain so today.

As shipping increased, certain port cities developed shipbuilding industries. Manitowoc was the leading builder of wooden ships on the western shore of Lake Michigan in the late 1880s and still produces small craft. Sturgeon Bay began in the 1890s and is now the largest shipbuilding center on the Great Lakes.

Commercial fishing began at Two Rivers in the 1850s and later in Kewaunee and Algoma. These ports still have fleets actively engaged in commercial fishing--one of the maritime indus­tries that help to sustain Wisconsin's economy.
 
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1982 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 268.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 44° 19.35′ N, 87° 48.921′ W. Marker is near Denmark, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 43 at milepost 168,, 4.1 miles north of County Highway Z, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at northbound Rest Area 52. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denmark WI 54208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisconsin's Dairy Industry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rock Mill (approx. 2½ miles away); Rogation Shrines (approx. 9.1 miles away); Tisch Mills (approx. 9.6 miles away); Na-Ya-to-Shingh "Chief Mishicott" Potawatomi Leader (approx. 10.2 miles away); George Halada Farmstead (approx. 10.6 miles away); Bellevue Park (approx. 15.1 miles away); Riverside Ballroom (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
Wisconsin's Maritime Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 12, 2009
2. Wisconsin's Maritime Industries Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 959 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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