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Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Captain John Roen

1887 - 1970

 
 
Captain John Roen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
1. Captain John Roen Marker
Inscription.

Born in Tysse, Norway, where steep cliffs and narrow inlets receive the sea, John Roen answered the call to a life of adventure, traveling to the U.S. in 1906. He became a Captain in 1920, and through astute purchases of Great Lakes vessels he amassed a shipping empire. Known internationally for raising the 600' Steamer George M. Humphrey from the Straits of Mackinac in 1944, Roen conceived a simple, yet profoundly successful plan and persisted with creativity, courage and determination. Popular Mechanics Magazine proclaimed, "The raising of the Humphrey is a feat unparalleled in American marine history."

Captain Roen was a businessman, yachtsman, and 3-time international tugboat racing champion. He owned a fishing fleet, shipyard, and shipping lines. His hearty love of life inspired family, friends and competitors alike. Repeatedly he combined risk-taking with hard work, good humor and practical ingenuity. Captain John Roen died far from his birthplace but still close to the spirit of the sea.
 
Erected by his daughter, Hilda Roen Asher.
 
Location. 44° 49.825′ N, 87° 22.963′ W. Marker is in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the

Captain John Roen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
2. Captain John Roen Marker
Nearest marker
Door County Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard A & Lou E Olson (here, next to this marker); George J. Baudhuin (here, next to this marker); Lost Great Lakes Mariners (here, next to this marker); Robert E. Peterson (here, next to this marker); Propellers from the tug John Purves (here, next to this marker); Historic Museum Tug John Purves (here, next to this marker); Robert Laurie and Alexander Laurie (here, next to this marker); Fred J. Peterson (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturgeon Bay.
 
Also see . . .
1. Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay WI. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Captain John Roen - "The Great Man of the Great Lakes" at YouTube. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ship George M. Humphrey 226276. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & 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 131 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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