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Wreckage of a Steamer Sunk More Than a Century Ago Found

Wreckage of a Steamer Sunk More Than a Century Ago Found

Shipwreck hunters have discovered the remains of a barge that sunk beneath the waters of Lake Erie in 1899.

The Margaret Olwill was a steamer that has managed to escape notice for decades, despite efforts to uncover its sub-aquatic location.

But searching Lake Erie is no small feat: While it is the both the warmest of the Great Lakes, as well as the smallest by water volume, it also freezes much more often than any of the others.

Finding anything — even the potential thousands of shipwrecks beneath its oft-frozen waters represents a worthy challenge for even the most diligent hunters.

Ruetschle himself describes the experience of finding the Margaret Olwill as “sort of like climbing Mount Everest for the first time.” While he no longer resides in Ohio, he returns there in the summer to continue his searches.

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