MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Almost 100 years after the freighter “Henry B. Smith” disappeared and sank during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters thinks it has found the ship, and much of it is largely intact.
The Duluth News Tribune is reporting the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette. The group says it has not seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it is the Smith, sitting amid a spilled load of iron ore.
The hunters say data they researched pointed them toward a possible wreck about 30 miles north of Marquette, and they 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.
The ship and its crew of 25 disappeared after sailing into a major gale in early November of 1913. The researchers will return to the site this summer in hopes of getting more details to determine how the ship sank during the storm.
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