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Property Name EMBA Shipwreck (Self-Unloading Barge)
Reference Number 13000468
State Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
Town Milwaukee
Street Address 5 miles East of North Point in Lake Michigan
Multiple Property Submission Name Great Lakes Shipwrecks of Wisconsin
Status Listed 7/3/2013
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The remains ofthe self-unloading barge EMBA lie in 170 feet of water 5 miles offMilwaukee's North Point in Lake Michigan, upright and intact on a sand bottom. Built in 1890 at the Frank W. Wheeler & Company shipyard in West Bay City, Michigan, the 181-foot long EMBA was launched as the schooner barge A. C. Tux bury. During her first thirty-three years the A. C. Tux bury, and her sistership the C. E. Redfern, carried bulk cargoes across the Great Lakes as consorts to the steamer W.H Sawyer. Sold in 1923 to the Milwaukee Electric Company and renamed EMBA, the vessel was refitted as a selfunloading barge and spent her final nine years lightering coal on the Milwaukee River.


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