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The Antelope underway
Name: Antelope
Owner: L.S. Bowtell, of Bay City, Michigan
Port of registry: Flag of the United States.svg United States
Launched: 1861
Fate: Sank 1897
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General characteristics
Type: Steamship, Barge
Length: 187 feet (57 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)
Depth: 12 feet (3.7 meters)

Antelope was a steamship (later converted to a schooner) that sank in Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands.

She was built in 1861 in Newport, Michigan by J.L.Wolverton for L.S. Bowtell of Bay City, Michigan. One of the early steamships on the Great Lakes, she carried passengers between Buffalo and Chicago. In later years she was converted to a schooner to haul freight.

On October 7, 1897, Antelope was loaded with cargo, and being towed by the steamship Hiram W. Sibley. Both ships were delivering coal to the Pennsylvania and Ashland Coal Company dock, in Ashland, Wisconsin. While approaching Michigan Island, Antelope began to take on water and sank.

On February 16, 2018, the ship was placed on the State Register of Historic Places. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2018.

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