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Samuel P. Ely


S.P. Ely, ca. 1890

Historic Name: Samuel P. Ely (U.S. Registry 23780)

Vessel Type: Schooner-barge

Designer: John Pearson Clark, Detroit, Michigan, 1869


Starboard bow view in Duluth Ship Canal with tugs, ca. 1890; Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, Duluth, MN

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The Samuel P. Ely was a single-decked, three-masted schooner built at the J.P. Clark Shipyards near Detroit, Mich. It was placed in the iron-ore trade as soon as it was fitted for sea. The Ely is historically significantfor its associations with Two Harbors and Minnesota's iron-ore trade. The Ely is also significant because of its exceptional structural integrity. The remains of the Ely were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

S.P. Ely underwater image


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Mast-hole in midship portion of S.P. Ely wreck; Jerry Eliason photo, Scanlon, MN


Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination written by: Karen Lee Krepps, Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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