Robert Laurie and Alexander Laurie
1825 - 1889 • 1852 - 1939
In the early 1850's Robert Laurie and his family immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland. They bought land north of the village of Sturgeon Bay in an area now known as Sevastopol. Mr. Laurie, a sailor and shipbuilder by trade, found timber on the land suitable for building ships. The Lauries began a boatbuilding business that was to be the first in the area. Their first ship, "Peninsula," was used for both passengers and freight. Later they quarried stone to build a home and soon were shipping stone to many ports on Lake Michigan. Alexander Laurie was a captain on one of his father's vessels. After his retirement, he collected fares on the Sturgeon Bay toll bridge. His son Robert, at age 18, was the youngest captain on the lakes.
Location. 44° 49.822′ N, 87° 22.966′ W. Marker is in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Touch 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. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lost Great Lakes Mariners (here, next to this marker); Howard A & Lou E Olson
Also see . . . Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay WI. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.