Wreck Boat Found 100 years After Boat Sank in S...
Shipwreck discovered 100 years after boat sank in lake with 25 crew during a ferocious storm
The Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior, Michigan after sailing into the Great Lakes Storm in 1913
Shipwreck hunters found the boat last month in 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette
A ship which sank during a violent storm a century ago has been found largely intact at the bottom of a lake by a group of divers.
The Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior, Michigan after sailing into the Great Lakes Storm of November 1913.
The Duluth News Tribune reported on Sunday that shipwreck hunters found the boat last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette.
Eliason isn't revealing exactly how his group found the Smith, because he hopes to use the same method to find other wrecks. But he said it wasn't a case of merely running a grid pattern over the lake in hopes of getting lucky. He said the group used a culmination of hunches, research and data to pinpoint a specific search area.
The data pointed them toward a possible wreck about 30 miles north of Marquette, and the hunters found the Smith just 20 minutes after dropping a sonar unit into the water. An underwater camera captured enough detail in videos and photos to convince the group that they found the Smith.
'A number of wrecks we've found have been over the span of 20 years searching, multiple times a year,' said Kraig Smith, a member of the hunting group from Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
'Going and finding a wreck 20-some miles offshore in the span of a couple hours is extraordinary.'
Fellow hunter Ken Merryman, of Minneapolis, said it appears the ship is broken in the middle but largely intact in the front. The stern has more damage, Merryman said.
'It's a beautiful wreck' with great visibility, he said. 'No zebra mussels; clean.'
The crew will return to the site this summer in hopes of getting more questions answered. But the group is already starting to piece together events that led to the Smith's demise.
'It's very clear to me that this one appeared to have broken on the surface, spilled its iron ore contents over the bottom, and then landed on the iron ore,' said Eliason, who had been considering retiring from wreck hunting partly because he wasn't expecting any more significant finds on Lake Superior.
'This was a gift from the lake gods,' Eliason said.