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