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Researchers discover 2 century-old shipwrecks in Lake Huron

Two shipwrecks more than a century old have been found in the deep waters of Lake Huron, Maritime archaeologists announced Friday.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary officials said they recently confirmed the identities of the wooden freighter Ohio and steel-hulled steamer Choctaw. Researchers from the Alpena, Michigan-based federal sanctuary found what they believed to be the vessels during a May expedition.

Officials say they plan future expeditions to the 202-foot-long Ohio and 266-foot Choctaw, which they add are well-preserved in upper Great Lakes’ cold freshwater. They also intend to nominate the shipwrecks for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  Read more …