Marquette (shipwreck)

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Coordinates: 46°49.912′N 90°25.784′W / 46.831867°N 90.429733°W / 46.831867; -90.429733

Marquette Ship.jpeg
Career (USA)
  • Republic (1881-1890)
  • Marquette (1890-1903)
Owner: Joseph C. Gilchrist
Builder: Globe Iron Works Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Laid down: October 15, 1903
Launched: 1881
Identification: Official number: 110465[1]
Fate: Sank, October 15, 1903
Status: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991
General characteristics [1]
Type: Bulk freighter
Tonnage: 1,343 GRT
1,118 NT
Length: 235 ft (72 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Depth: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine, 1 shaft
Marquette Shipwreck
Nearest city La Pointe, Wisconsin
Governing body State
MPS Great Lakes Shipwreck Sites of Wisconsin MPS
NRHP Reference # 08000027[2]
Added to NRHP February 13, 2008

Marquette is a shipwreck off the shore of Michigan Island in the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior, just northeast of Bayfield, Wisconsin, United States.[3]

Ship history[edit]

The wooden-hulled lake freighter[1] was built by the Globe Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1881, and named Republic.[4] She was renamed Marquette in 1890.[1]

On October 15, 1903, while about 5 miles east of Michigan Island[2] and carrying a cargo of iron ore, she sprang a leak and began to sink. The crew escaped in lifeboats.[1]

The ship now lies 200 feet (61 m) underwater, with the bow largely intact but the stern badly broken up. The wreck was discovered in 2005, but divers did not reach it until the following year. Mapping and documenting the shipwreck was a joint venture between the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, the Wisconsin Historical Society - State Historic Preservation Office, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation. The ship was listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places on July 20, 2007 and on the National Register of Historic Places on February 13, 2008. These listings protect the wreck from potential claimants and divers who would pilfer artifacts.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Swayze, Dave (2011). "Great Lakes Shipwreck File (M)". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings: February 22, 2008". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Shipwreck Marquette Listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places". Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ Colton, Tim (2012). "Globe Iron Works, AmShip Cleveland". Retrieved 4 October 2012.