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The Burger Boat Company

The Burger Boat Company was founded in 1863 by Henry Burger, the youngest son of Dutch immigrants Simon and Margaretta Brauburger. The family came to America in 1846, making their home in Jeffersonville, New York, and eventually shortened their name to Burger. In 1856, the Burger family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was here that Henry, now 18, began apprenticing as a shipbuilder for the Wolf & Davidson Shipyard. In 1863, at the age of 24 and during the American Civil War, Henry relocated to a small community in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on the western shores of Lake Michigan, married the…

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