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3 WI shipwrecks added to historic register

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MADISON (WKOW) – The National Register of Historic Places just added three Lake Michigan shipwrecks to the list.

Those are the Australasia in Door County, the America in Kewaunee County and the EMBA in Milwaukee County.

The largest wooden vessel built on the Great Lakes, the Australasia, caught fire in 1896 and sank.  The site provides opportunities for further documentation on how shipbuilders pushed the known limits of wooden vessel construction.

The America allows archaeologists to study the construction techniques unique to canallers, which were a unique schooner vessel type that was developed on the Great Lakes.

The self-unloading barge EMBA, Employees' Mutual Benefit Association, will be used to study construction techniques and the development and adaptation of self-unloading technology.

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