Big Bay sloop (shipwreck)

The Big Bay Sloop is the name given to the unidentified remains of a sunken sloop in Lake Superior located off the coast of Madeline Island in La Pointe, Wisconsin, United States. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 14, 2009.[2] Additionally, it is a designated National Marine Protected Area.[3]

Big Bay Sloop shipwreck (sloop)
The Humming Bird, a typical Great Lakes sloop
LocationOff the coast of Madeline Island, La Pointe, Wisconsin
Coordinates46.808695°N 90.645633°W / 46.808695; -90.645633
AreaLess than one acre
Architectural styleSloop
MPSGreat Lakes Shipwreck Sites of Wisconsin MPS
NRHP reference #08001327[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 14, 2009


The wreck was discovered east of Big Bay State Park in the 1990s. Uncertainty about the identity of the vessel is due to the lack of documentation of small craft on the Great Lakes.[4] The wire rigging and metal cleat on the sloop indicate that it dates from sometime between 1880 and 1920.[5] It is also believed that it was a merchant vessel. The shipwreck is the only known one of its kind in Wisconsin waters.[4]


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. "BIG BAY SLOOP shipwreck (sloop): La Pointe, Wisconsin". Find the Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  3. "Websites for U.S. sites". National Marine Protected Areas Center. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  4. "Big Bay Sloop Shipwreck". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
  5. "Big Bay Sloop". Wisconsin Shipwrecks. Wisconsin Sea Grant, Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-09-05. Includes photos of the wreck.

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