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Shipwreck Found Near South Haven

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SOUTH HAVEN (WKZO) -- A group called Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates is hoping to further investigate an old ship that was discovered in the waters of Lake Michigan between South Haven and Saugatuck last year.

The MSRA's Craig Rich tells us that crews were looking for a crashed airplane in the lake when they found the 60-foot, single-masted sloop dating back to perhaps the 1830s. It had some features that set it apart from many other shipwrecks. They hope they can use some of those features to identify the ship.

The MSRA made an exploratory dive to the 250-foot deep wreck last year, and is planning to head back out there this summer to learn more. Rich says that shipwrecks can be found all over Lake Michigan, and it's generally difficult to identify exactly which vessel has been discovered. He's hoping that some kind of cargo might be found on this latest discovery to help the MSRA trace its origins. To find out more, go tomichiganshipwrecks.org.

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