Lake Superior Shipwrecks
Statement of Significance

The Hesper, a bulk freight steamer, is historically significant for its association with the iron-ore industry, as well as Minnesota's grain trade. The well preserved remains of the Hesper embody the bulk freight steamer and are representative of the naval type, a hybrid which is unique to the Great Lakes. Although somewhat disarticulated, the remains can yield specific data relative to construction methods and materials for this important Great Lakes vessel type.

Hesper,  ca. 1900
Starboard bow view in Milwaukee River, ca. 1900; Great Lakes Marine Collection - Milwaukee Public Library

|--Hesper-- |--Historic Description--|
|--Construction and Career-- |--Description of the Wreck Event--|
|--Post-Depositional Impacts-- |--Present Description-- |--Significance-- |--Photographs--|
|--Minnesota Lake Superior Shipwrecks-- |
|--Minnesota Historical Society Homepage--|