Captain John Roen

Captain John Roen (HM1ORY)

Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 Door County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 49.825', W 87° 22.963'

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1887 - 1970

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.
Placed ByHis daughter, Hilda Roen Asher
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Date Added Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 469747 N 4964183
Decimal Degrees44.83041667, -87.38271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 49.825', W 87° 22.963'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 49' 49.5" N, 87° 22' 57.78" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, US
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