Atlanta shipwreck present in Lake Superior after 130 years

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(CNN) — Once thought to be lost forever, the 130-year-old wreckage of the ship Atlanta has finally been discovered at the bottom of Lake Superior.

Located 35 miles off Deer Park, Michigan, the “wonderfully preserved shipwreck,” lies in the murky depths 650 feet below the lake’s surface, according to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS), which announced its discovery Thursday.

The GLSHS found the 172-foot schooner barge after using sonar in partnership with Marine Sonic Technology to map more than 2,500 miles of Lake Superior in the summer of 2021.

Time for research to give the wreck context accounts for the delay in announcing Atlanta’s discovery, according to Corey Adkins, the communications and content director of GLSHS.

The ship's masts were lost in the storm. The wreck shows where the masts splintered off.

The ship’s masts were lost in the storm. The wreck shows where the masts splintered off.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Carrying a load of coal, the Atlanta sank during a storm on May 4, 1891, while being towed by the steamer Wilhelm….

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