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Basic Information

Name(s)  Antelope
Registry  U.S.
Official Number 571
Vessel Type Schooner Barge
Builder Jacob. L Wolverton
Place Built Newport, MI
Year Built 1861
Year Sank 1897
Hull Material Wood


Length 186 ft
Width  31 ft
Depth  11 ft

Vessel History

Rebuilds Lengthened to 201 ft in 1866, Changed to barge in 1883, Changed to schooner 1893.
  Launched as a wooden propeller in 1861, the Antelope went through several rebuilds and burned in 1867.  Her final rig was as a schooner barge.  While under tow of the Hiram W. Sibley with a load of coal destined for Ashland, WI October 7, 1897 the barge sprang a leak and sank in 320 ft of water (reported at the time to be 360’) off Michigan, Island.  It was found in 2016 by Jerry Eliason and Ken Merryman and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Disposition Sprang a leak and sank October 7, 1897 off Michigan Island, WI while under tow of the Hiram W. Sibley.  Crew was rescued by the Sibley.
Source HCGL; Unholy Apostles; National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
Complete Historic Information Linkhttps://greatlakes.bgsu.edu/item/433462 , https://greatlakeships.org/2901815/data?n=6

Wreck Site Information

Lake Superior
State or Province Wisconsin
GPS Coordinates unpublished
Site Description: The wreck lies in 320 ft of water seven miles southeast of Michigan, Island, Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.  The wreck is very intact with two masts still standing with wire rigging. It is the only schooner in Lake Superior with standing masts.  It is unclear if the mizzen mast broke at the time of sinking or was removed prior to sinking.  The aft cabins are gone but it does have forward cabins with a donkey boiler.  Two wood stock anchors lie on the forecastle deck.  The name is clearly visible on the starboard side of the bow and the broken transom.

Model Information


Photographer Jerry Eliason, Kraig Smith, Ken Merryman
Date Completed July 3, 2018
Time it took to capture 4 hours (Reference Video Only)

Modeler Information

Modeler Ken Merryman
Date Completed March 2017
Hours of input to complete 100 hrs

Technical Information

Model Information

Software Used – Maya 2014
Portion of the site covered: This model covers the complete site.

Publishing Restrictions

Licensing Usage Restrictions CC BY-ND
Attributed to: 3DShipwrecks.org

Resource Data in Database

Model Yes
Source Images Video (Reference Only)
Still Images Yes
Video Clip Yes