Two 200-year-old steamers discovered on lake’s bottom

Two shipwrecks were discovered in northern Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes of North America. The vessels were identified as steamers that sunk in 1894 and 1915.

View of one of the steamers at lake’s bottom (by Michigan Live)

The authorities have identified the ships as the 61.5-metre wooden steamer Ohio and the 81-metre steel-hulled steamer Choctaw. The Ohio, built in 1873, was loaded with grain when a towline for a passing schooner snapped and it collided with the Ohio in September 1894. Both ships sank about 16 kilometre north of Presque Isle and five crew on the schooner died. The Choctaw, built in 1892, was carrying coal in July 1915 and also was in waters off Presque Isle when it was struck by Canadian Steamship Company freighter Wahcondah in dense fog. The Choctaw’s crew of 22 all were rescued.

One of the steamers found at the lake (by Michigan Live)

Images of the vessels were acquired by sending two different remotely operated vehicles into the depths by the researchers, who later compared the data and evidence with information and photos gathered about the Ohio and Choctaw and believe the vessels are matches.

One of the steamers found at the lake (by Michigan Live)

(after Michigan Live)

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