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Remains of Henry B. Smith Discovered in Lake Superior


Almost 100 years after the freighter Henry B. Smith sunk during a November 9 storm on Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters thinks it has located the vessel — and much of it is still intact, according to a recent report published in the Duluth News Tribune.

The newspaper reports that the group discovered the ship back in May in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Michigan. While the ship’s official identity is still unconfirmed, all signs point to it being the Henry B. Smith, which was carrying a load of iron ore when its crew of 25 disappeared after the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. The storm was one of the worst in Great Lakes history, wrecking more than a dozen ships and killing about 250 sailors.

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