All three roads across Sturgeon Bay have draw spans because big boats come through a canal from Lake Michigan to the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding facility on the bay side.
Google's Satellite view of the Sturgeon Bay Bridge has an explicit link that offers 54+ photos.
The first bridge a boat coming from the lake encounters is Bayview Bridge, WI-42+57. (Bridge Hunter)
|This is the fifth photo posted by Skip Heckel when the longest boat on the Great Lakes came through town.|
I thought this 1978 bridge uses steel girders until I saw this photo:
|Robert Thompson from Bridge Hunter|
The next bridge is Oregon Street, another trunnion bascule bridge. (Bridge Hunter)
|Brian Bassett, Jun 2017, from Google|
|This is the seventh photo posted by Skip Heckel when the big boat came through town.|
The third bridge is the first bridge built across the bay --- Sturgeon Bay or Michigan Street Bridge. (Bridge Hunter) It was finished in 1931, rehabilitated in 1979 and 2011. It was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on Jan 17, 2008. The Bridge Hunter page contains an paper by Shawn Fairchild concerning the preservation of this bridge.
|Exit78, copied from Google|
A bridge we crossed numerous times on a 2009 camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin was involved in an accident that badly damaged the front of a Class A motorhome.
|Robert Thompson from Bridge Hunter|
Skip Heckel posted 12 photos with the comment: "I hit the trifecta yesterday morning in Sturgeon Bay. Three ships I hadn't photographed before all came in for winter layup at Bay Ship. The STEWART J. CORT was the first ship to come through the Sturgeon Bay ship canal followed by the JOHN G. MUNSON and finally the CASON J. CALLAWAY." His last photo is particularly interesting because it shows two of the three bridges are already up and the Callaway is following right behind another one. I presume it is the Munson. Considering the Great Lakes was scheduled to close Janurary 15, these three were a little late. The Coast Guard obviously had to break a channel in the ice and all three were expected to use that channel before it froze again.
Skip Heckel posted 18 photos of the last ship of the 2017 shipping season coming through the canal and town. It was the 1004' Mesabi Miner.
|One of six photos Gerry Grzyb posted of the Stewart J. Cort going through town, Jan 16|
[A caption on another photo explains: "Bow of the Cort, the first 1000 footer on the Great Lakes. The propeller symbol next to the anchor means it has bow thrusters." Note that the bridge is on the bow. That means it is an old boat. It appears that it has not been converted to self-unloading.]
|a, Cason J Callaway|
The Callaway approaches the old steel bridge.
[This would be another old Laker since the bridge is on the bow. Another photo shows that its unloading conveyor boom is on the stern.]
The Cort passing through new bridge.
The Munson threads the new bridge.
[Another old Laker with the bridge on the bow. The put the self-unloading conveyor boom at the bow on this one.]
|One of 15 photos Gerry Grzyb posted of the Mesabi Miner coming through town, Jan 20, the last boat in for layup.|
Passing through the Oregon St. bridge after making a 30 degree pivot to line up for both Oregon and Michigan bridges (mandatory!)
Gerry Grzyb Well, they are all here now. I hereby declare the 2018 edition of the Sturgeon Bay Men's Club to be now in session! (They all have men's names--not my fault!). Oh, and since the Mesabi Miner got stuck in ice in its last loaded journey (to Nanticoke), and stuck in ice TWICE coming back to enter layup, if you see a crew member, do NOT offer him a drink with ice in it, or you may face a new kind of ice bucket challenge!
Gerry Grzyb All you could want to know about the Mesabi Miner, with lotsa pix. It is the 4th of the 13 "footers" built, so we have the first (Cort) latest (Tregurtha) and 4th. BTW, all are over 35 years old. Great Lakes may have brutal winters, but at least no corroding saltwater! http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/mesabi.htm