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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
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.
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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