Shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior, 131 years later

The storm was too much for the towline which snapped, and with no sails, the Atlanta was soon...
The storm was too much for the towline which snapped, and with no sails, the Atlanta was soon at the mercy of the lake, and the crew took to the lifeboat.(The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS))
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 11:18 AM CST
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DEER PARK, Mich. (AP) -- A ship that sank in 1891 has been discovered in Lake Superior off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society says the Atlanta is well-preserved in the coldest of the Great Lakes.

Sister ship of the Atlanta, Nirvana.
Sister ship of the Atlanta, Nirvana.(The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS))

The shipwreck group posted photos and video with the name of the ship clearly visible at a depth of more than 600 feet, roughly 35 miles off Deer Park, Michigan.

Sonar technology had a critical role in locating the Atlanta. The ship was being towed by another vessel when the line snapped during a storm.

The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891. It was upbound with a load of coal in tow of the steamer...
The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891. It was upbound with a load of coal in tow of the steamer Wilhelm when both vessels got caught in a northwest gale.(The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS))
The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891.
The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891.(The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS))
The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891. It was upbound with a load of coal in tow of the steamer...
The Atlanta sank on May 4, 1891. It was upbound with a load of coal in tow of the steamer Wilhelm when both vessels got caught in a northwest gale.(The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS))

Crew members got into a lifeboat, though only two survived when that boat overturned.

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