Martin Burke and Lisa Mibach Write Report on the Rudder of the Freighter "Indiana"

ID: SIA2011-1335

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Report

Date: July 1979

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, Folder: September 1979

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  • Martin Burke and preservationist Lisa Mibach stand on the shore preparing a report on the rudder of the freighter "Indiana," which was salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior. The effort was jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers. Artifacts were sent to the National Museum of American History's collections storage at the Museum Support Center.
  • The "Indiana" was built in 1848. The "Indiana" was powered by a steam engine of very early and historic design. The engine turned a unique Erickson Screw Propeller. The Indiana was originally in the passenger service on the lower lakes and after the Soo Locks were opened transported iron ore on Lake Superior. It foundered on June 6, 1858 off Crisp Point in heavy weather after it started leaking badly around the propeller shaft. It was down-bound hauling a cargo of iron ore loaded at Marquette, Michigan at the time.


  • United States Dept. of the Navy
  • Indiana (Ship)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Museum Support Center


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Featured in the "Torch," September 1979. See also Neg. #s SIA2011-1334, SIA2011-1336 and SIA2011-1337.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, Folder: September 1979

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1979

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  • Artifacts
  • Boats and boating
  • Salvage archaeology
  • Preservation
  • Antiquities
  • Cooperation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Ships
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Superior, Lake


  • Report
  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Group, Candid ; Medium: Photographic print

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