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Centerville vicinity, SE of Manitowoc, Lake Michigan

National or State Register of Historic Places
Centerville vicinity, SE of Manitowoc, Lake Michigan | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Floretta Shipwreck (Canaller)
Reference Number:14000877
Location (Address):Centerville vicinity, SE of Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
Floretta Shipwreck (Canaller)
Centerville vicinity, SE of Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
Date of Construction: 1867
Builder: John Stupinsky

Located 11 miles southeast of Manitowoc, the Floretta wreck site lies in 180 feet of water in Lake Michigan. Constructed in 1867 and lost in 1885, the Floretta represents a vessel class, the canaller, which traveled the longest routes of any of the Great Lakes vessels while carrying Midwestern grain to eastern markets. Little historical documentation exists on canaller construction and operation. Much of our understanding of this vessel type has come from archaeological data recovered from wreck sites like the Floretta. The Floretta was involved in the grain and ore trade and is significant for its association with early transportation methods in the Great Lakes grain trade.

Due to is remote location and extreme depth, the Floretta wreck site remains lightly visited by divers. The site has produced a wealth of archaeological knowledge about canal schooner construction and use and is important for its potential to yield information in the future.

State and federal laws protect this shipwreck. Divers may not remove artifacts or structure when visiting this shipwreck site. Removing, defacing, displacing or destroying artifacts or sites is a crime. More information on Wisconsin's historic shipwrecks may be found by visiting Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks website

Period of Significance:1876-1885
Area of Significance:Archeology/Historic - Non-Aboriginal
Area of Significance:Maritime History
Area of Significance:Commerce
Applicable Criteria:Information Potential
Historic Use:Transportation: Water-Related
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Site
Architect:Stupinsky, John
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:10/20/2014
State Register Listing Date:11/22/2013
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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