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

George J. Baudhuin

1909 - 1969

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
1. George J. Baudhuin Marker
Inscription.

George J. "Butch" Baudhuin was a primary force in the pleasure boat industry in Door County. Recognizing Sturgeon Bay's unique location connecting Lake Michigan and Green Bay, he began Baudhuin Yacht Harbor (now Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor) in 1944, a marina highly respected for sales, service and hospitality. In 1954, Baudhuin pioneered Travelift, the straddle-type mobile boat hoist that dramatically changed the handling of pleasure boats. Started as Marine Travelift and Engineering, Inc., the company manufactured truck-drawn and self-propelled hoists. Travelift adaptations are used for pre-stressed concrete and missile industries. Through the use of the Travelift, railroad "piggybacking" was improved to allow for the side-loading of shipments from trucks to railroad flat cars. Today, Marine Travelift, Inc. is a worldwide leader in marine lift systems. In 1952, Baudhuin donated land for the site of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
 
Location. 44° 49.827′ N, 87° 22.963′ 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this

George J. Baudhuin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
2. George J. Baudhuin Marker
marker. Captain John Roen (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); Howard A & Lou E Olson (here, next to this marker); Lost Great Lakes Mariners (here, next to this marker); Robert E. Peterson (here, next to this marker); Robert Laurie and Alexander Laurie (a few steps from this marker); Fred J. Peterson (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturgeon Bay.
 
Also see . . .
1. Baudhuin's Self-propelled Mobile Lift Patent Info. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Marine Travelift History. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. George J. Baudhuin at Find A Grave. (Submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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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 128 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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