Coast Guard cutters Mobile Bay and Bristol Bay to offer free, public tours during Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsSTURGEON BAY, Wis. — Coast Guard Cutters Mobile Bay and Bristol Bay, the only two cutters of their kind in the service’s fleet, are scheduled to hold free, public tours Monday in Sturgeon Bay, as part of the city’s Maritime Week events.

Cutter Mobile Bay will be moored at Sawyer Park Pier, while Bristol Bay will be moored directly across the Sturgeon Bay Ship Channel at Graham Park Pier. Both vessels will be open to public tours from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mobile Bay and Bristol Bay are the only two platforms of their kind in the entire Coast Guard. While they are two of nine 140-foot ice-breaking tugs in the Coast Guard fleet, they are the only two that feature a 120-foot aids-to-navigation barge, making them the only two aids-to-navigation capable units in the ice-breaking tug fleet. The barges give the cutters’ crews the additional resource of the largest buoy decks in the entire Coast Guard.

“Given the unique platform of these two cutters, both crews are looking forward to opening their doors and explaining our missions and sharing our experiences with the great citizens of Door County, Wis.,” said Lt. Cmdr. John M. Stone, commanding officer of Mobile Bay. “The people of Sturgeon Bay have always shown great support to the Coast Guard, and we consider it a privilege to be able to give back to the community in this way.”

“I’m grateful to the city of Sturgeon Bay for welcoming us and honored that we could be a part of Maritime Week,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Henry, commanding officer of Bristol Bay.

Mobile Bay is homeported in Sturgeon Bay, while Bristol Bay is homeported in Detroit.

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