Antelope (shipwreck)

Antelope was a steamship (later converted to a schooner) that sank in Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands.[1]

The Antelope underway
Name: Antelope
Owner: L.S. Bowtell, of Bay City, Michigan
Port of registry: United States
Launched: 1861
Fate: Sank 1897
General characteristics
Type: Steamship, Barge
Length: 187 feet (57 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)
Depth: 12 feet (3.7 meters)

She was built in 1861 in Newport, Michigan by J.L.Wolverton for L.S. Bowtell of Bay City, Michigan. One of the early steamships on the Great Lakes, she carried passengers between Buffalo and Chicago. In later years she was converted to a schooner to haul freight.[2]

On October 7, 1897, Antelope was loaded with cargo, and being towed by the steamship Hiram W. Sibley. Both ships were delivering coal to the Pennsylvania and Ashland Coal Company dock, in Ashland, Wisconsin. While approaching Michigan Island, Antelope began to take on water and sank.

On February 16, 2018, the ship was placed on the State Register of Historic Places.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2018.[4]

See also


  1. "Bayfield County Journal". APG Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. "Antelope (1861)". Wisconsin Shipwrecks. Wisconsin Sea Grant, Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. "Bayfield County Journal". APG Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. "Weekly List - National Register of Historic Places Official Website--Part of the National Park Service". National Park Service. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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