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Liberty Grove shipwreck added to State Register

After locating both underwater near the Door peninsula, you will now find the Boaz near the Emeline on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places. The Wisconsin Historical Society added the Boaz shipwreck, a sunken schooner near the Town of Liberty Grove on Friday. It joined the list the same day as the Agnes and Ruth Lenfestey Mark House, a home built during the 1950s in De Pere, Wis. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the vessel spent most of its career carrying lumber from various ports throughout the Great Lakes region. In November 1900, the Boaz was caught in a gale while sailing for Racine, Wis. when it began to leak quickly. The schooner’s crew sought shelter in nearby North Bay, but it was not enough as the ship would sink and later be deemed too expensive to recover. The Boaz is the second Door County shipwreck to be listed on the State Register this year, following the Emeline’s designation in March. A third could drop anchor on the State Register of Historic Places later this year as the Sunshine, a scow schooner that was also a shipwreck near the Town of Liberty Grove, is also being discussed by the Historic Review Board.

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