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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:16

Shipwreck hunter reports find of Lake Huron wreck

(PORT AUSTIN) -- A shipwreck hunter says the wreck of a 133-year-old wooden steamer that sank more than a century ago during a Lake Huron storm has been found. David Trotter says that the find of the 283-foot New York made earlier this year ends a two-year quest for the ship. Divers discovered it resting upright, with a damaged stern and broken stacks nearby, dozens of miles north of Port Austin. Divers made about 30 trips down from July through September. The ship was carrying coal from Detroit to Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 1, 1910, when it was hit by a storm with gale-force winds. Trotter said the crew from another ship, the Mataafa, rescued the New York's captain and 13 crew members from lifeboats.

PICTURED: Marty Lutz of Warren does the first dive to the New York. --David Trotter/Special to the Detroit Free Press