Mysterious shipwreck thought to be a barge that sank 90 years ago is uncovered

Mysterious shipwreck thought to be a barge that sank 90 years ago is uncovered after a storm surge in Lake Michigan

  • West Michigan Underwater Preserve was called to investigate discovery 
  • They believe it was a barge that was being towed from Grand Haven to Muskego
  • Numerous other shipwrecks have been discovered throughout Great Lakes 

A mysterious shipwreck believed to be a barge that sank 90 years ago has been uncovered after a storm surge in Lake Michigan. 

The wreckage was found just off the Muskegon coast after a storm last week. 

The West Michigan Underwater Preserve, which helps the State of Michigan to preserve and discover shipwrecks, was called in to investigate the discovery. 

John Hanson of the WHUMP told Fox News that he believes the wreck is a barge that sank in the 1930s. 

A mysterious shipwreck believed to be a barge that sank 90 years ago has been uncovered after a storm surge in Lake Michigan

A mysterious shipwreck believed to be a barge that sank 90 years ago has been uncovered after a storm surge in Lake Michigan

He said: ‘Our best theory is that in 1936 there was a barge being towed from Grand Haven to Muskego. It was hauling a 1915 Bucyrus Erie Steam Crane. 

‘The bow separated from the barge and the crane went into Lake Michigan and exploded.’ 

The organisation already found the crane wreckage eight years ago and it is now a marked dive site.  

The Great Lakes are riddled with mysterious shipwrecks. An intact wreck of a schooner that sank in 1891 was also discovered in Lake Michigan. 

And two other schooners, from the Civil War more than 140 years ago, were discovered near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.  

A steamer wreck was found 103 years after it sank in Lake Superior and earlier this year the wreck of the SR Kirby was found of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan. 

The West Michigan Underwater Preserve, which helps the State of Michigan to preserve and discover shipwrecks, was called in to investigate the discovery

John Hanson of the WHUMP believes the wreck is a barge that sank in the 1930s

The West Michigan Underwater Preserve, which helps the State of Michigan to preserve and discover shipwrecks, was called in to investigate the discovery. John Hanson of the WHUMP believes the wreck is a barge that sank in the 1930s

Wreckage was found near Eagle Harbor in Michigan in 2018 but it is yet to be identified. 

Experts have said that a shipwreck that was found in Lake Erie in 2015 may be the oldest one to be found in the famous lake. 

A 119-year-old wreck of the Margaret Olwill ship was also found at the bottom of Lake Erie in 2018.  

British warship the HMS Ontario, the oldest to be found in any of the Great Lakes, was found in May 2008 by two explorers, having gone missing in Lake Ontario in 1780. 

The same explorers, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, also discovered a 19th-century schooner in Lake Ontario in 2008.

Mr Kennard also helped discover the Washington, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop, which is the second oldest discovered shipwreck in the Great Lakes.  

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