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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Final Resting Place
1857

1858

The ALGONQUIN was said to have been in service early in the year carrying lumber from a sawmill at Iron River to Superior, Wisconsin.

The schooner’s career ended when she suffered a fire in her cabin at the old Quebec Pier in Superior, Wisconsin in 1858.

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1835 - 1838
Pre Schooner
Year

1839 - 1841
Algonquin
Built

1842 - 1844
Great Copper
Rush

1845 - 1852
King of
the Lake

1853 - 1856
End of
an Era

1857 - Now
Final
Resting Place

1863
QuebecPier

Publication showing two docks. Ogensburg Pier and Quebec Pier wehere the Algonquin sunk and pulled ashore

Pier1
Pier2
EastsidePier
PierToday

The ALGONQUIN was retired, and within few years her leaking old hulk was pulled into the cat tails nearby and abandoned on the easterly side of Quebec pier at Superior City.31

Wreck became a local landmark, older citizens began talking pieces of it for souvenirs. Parts of the historic craft were made into furniture, canes, letter-openers and other keepsakes.

BurialSite
LastSunset

1932

Superior historian John A. Bardon reported in a 1932 Evening Telegram article that the ship had “entirely disappeared.”

Date Unknown

Final resting place of the little schooner is buried in fill used to create bed for the railroad tracks leading into the Flour Company Dock.

2000

Entering the first years of the 21st century newspaper article commented: The country is at risk of forgetting that his modest little schooner even existed. The grave of the old ALGONQUIN should be marked along with the site of the first commercial pier at the Head of the Lakes.

Sunset over Lake Superior
Keweenaw Peninsula

1835 - 1838
Pre Schooner
Year

1839 - 1841
Algonquin
Built

1842 - 1844
Great Copper
Rush

1845 - 1852
King of
the Lake

1853 - 1856
End of
an Era

1857 - Now
Final
Resting Place

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