Lake Superior Shipwrecks

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Historic Name: Amboy (U.S. Registry 95276)

Vessel Type: Schooner-barge

Designer: Quayle & Murphy, Cleveland, Ohio, 1874

Port bow of schooner Verona and towing steamer Vienna, sisters to Helena and Havana, ca. 1880; C. Patrick Labadie Collection, Duluth, MN

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The Amboy, originally called the Helena, was a three-masted schooner built in 1874 for the Cleveland Transportation Company. After sinking in 1891, it was refitted as a towbarge by the Milwaukee Tug Boat Company in 1892. The Amboy is historically significant for its association with the iron-ore industry of the Great Lakes. In addition, it is significant for its association with one of the most historic storms known to the Great Lakes, the Mataafa Storn of 1905. The remains of the Amboy were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Amboy wreck site photo

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Portion of ship's hull in shallow water, showing planking and frames; Elmer Engman photo, Proctor, MN

Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination written by: Steven R. James, Jr., Panamerican Consultants, Inc.

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