The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

What is the name of the wrecked steamboat that Huck and jim board, and why is the name important?

Chapters 12 & 13

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The steamboat is called the "Walter Scott," named after the famous Scottish writer whose novels in the 18th and early 19th century epitomized the ideals of old-world chivalry. Twain oft ridiculed Walter Scott, believing those old world ideas were stilted, and he shows this by naming a sinking ship after the writer.