Lake Superior Shipwrecks
Amboy
Present Description

The wreckage of the Amboy lies on the beach approximately 1 mile south of Sugar Loaf Cove. The beach blends from sand to large beach cobbles. What remains of the Amboy is a 74-foot section of keelson encased in sand and cobbles on the southern end of the cove where the vessel met its fate.

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Photo 1: Amboy wreck site - keelson, May 1992; MHS/SHPO Collections
Photo 2: Amboy wreck site - keelson, timbers and fasteners, May 1992; MHS/SHPO Collections

The wave-eroded keelson section, which lies parallel to the beach, is composed of four side-by-side timbers, two timbers high, heavily drifted together with iron drift bolts 1.25 inch and .875 inch in diameter. The drifts are fastened edgewise as well as top to bottom. Starting from the lakeside the timbers measure 13 inches, 15 inches, 12 inches and 12 inches sided, the lower tier 13 inches molded and the upper tier 15 inches molded. Numerous 11 inch high projecting iron drifts on the inshore timber suggest there was a rider timber atop this timber. The southern end of the two lakeside timbers are cut away and a vertical upright is present at the end of the inner of these two timbers. While no excavation was conducted to ascertain the true nature of this construction feature, it is thought to represent a portion of the centerboard trunk.

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Photo 1: Amboy wreck site - keelson, May 1992; MHS/SHPO Collections
Photo 2: Amboy wreck site - northern hull sections, May 1992; MHS/SHPO Collections


|--Amboy-- |--Historic Description--|
|--Construction and Career-- |--Description of the Wreck Event--|
|--Post-Depositional Impacts-- |--Present Description-- |--Significance-- |--Photographs--|
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