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Sheboygan in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bustling Shipyards

 
 
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By William J. Toman, September 5, 2011
1. Bustling Shipyards Marker
Inscription.  When the first settlers arrived in the Sheboygan area early in the 1830s, they were awed by the seemingly endless verdant pine forests and stands of hardwood that covered the county. With lake transportation the very lifeblood of the early community, and a nearly endless supply of timber, it was inevitable that a ship building industry would spring up in the Sheybogan area.

At various times, over a period of 45 years, ten different shipyards functioned along the banks of the Sheboygan River. These included Rieboldt and Walters, the largest, which was located on the present Reiss Coal Company site, and the Olsen Roths dock, Olsen Sheboygan Chair Company dock, Johnson dock, Huntley Tannery dock, Phoenix dock, the gas company dock, Madewell Chair Company dock, and Crocker A dock.

The shipyards offered employment to thousands of skilled craftsmen and laborers. Ships of all types, from small sailing crafts to large steamers, were constructed here.

Milwaukee's first fire boat, the Cataract, was built at the Rieboldt and Walters shipyard, Sheboygan, in 1889. In later years the Rieboldt and Walters shipyard relocated
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By William J. Toman, September 5, 2011
2. Bustling Shipyards Marker
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its operations to the Sturgeon Bay area.

By the late 1890s the number of ships on the Great Lakes had begun to decline somewhat, and the age of the wooden ship was nearly over. The vast forests of central Wisconsin were depleted, and the supply of timber was ever farther north. Iron and steel were becoming the preferred construction materials for shipbuilding. One by one the shipyards closed, some moving to other cities which could better accommodate the construction of metal hulls.

During the mid- to late 1800s the shipyards of Sheboygan turned out over a hundred ships of all types, to sail and steam throughout the Great Lakes. Today all of Sheboygan's shipyards are gone.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
 
Location. 43° 45.282′ N, 87° 42.125′ W. Marker is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in Sheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Broughton Drive and New York Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The marker is near the beach in Deland Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Broughton Drive, Sheboygan WI 53081, 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. Heroic Seamen (here, next to this marker); Fiery Passage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Home Fleet
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By William J. Toman, September 5, 2011
3. Bustling Shipyards Marker
Photo on the marker from the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Seils–Sterling Circus (approx. ¾ mile away); The Phoenix Tragedy (approx. ¾ mile away); Schooner Gallinipper (approx. ¾ mile away); North Point /Sheboygan Point (approx. ¾ mile away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheboygan.
 
Bustling Shipyards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 5, 2011
4. Bustling Shipyards Marker
Photo on the marker from the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.
Bustling Shipyards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 5, 2011
5. Bustling Shipyards Marker
The marker is on the other side of this kiosk. Lake Michigan is in the background.
The Marker is in Deland Park image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 16, 2011
6. The Marker is in Deland Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 25, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on April 21, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.

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