Shipwreck hunter reports finding ship lost in 1861 in Lake Huron

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The wreckage of a wooden steamer that sank during a storm in 1861 in Lake Huron has finally been found, according to a veteran Great Lakes shipwreck hunter.

David Trotter, 72, of Wayne County's Canton Township, said he found the wreck with his crew of explorers in July, the Detroit Free Press first reported. The zebra mussel-covered wreck was discovered in nearly 175 feet of water, 25-30 miles northeast of Harrisville. 

The Keystone State was heading from Detroit to Milwaukee when it sank during a powerful November storm, claiming 33 lives. According to some historians, the ship might have sunk with its crew while secretly hauling Civil War supplies, the newspaper reported....



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