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Researchers looking for origin of Lake Michigan shipwreck

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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A team of Holland researchers is celebrating the discovery of a shipwreck off the coast of Lake Michigan.

Members of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates found the remains of a 60 ft., single-masted ship in Lake Michigan while working with the National Underwater & Marine Agency (or NUMA).  

The team says they stumbled upon the ship while searching for the remains of a 60-year-old submerged plane crash.

It was found close to 250 feet deep off the coast between Saugatuck and South Haven. According to analysis, the researchers believe the ship may date back to the mid 19th century, probably around the 1830's.

"Finding a shipwreck that nobody else has ever found, is like finding a time capsule preserved beneath the lake," said MSRA Co-Director Valerie olson van Heest. "Nothing is more exciting... and its our opportunity to write the final chapter of these ships gone missing."

The team believes the ship is intact and in relatively good condition. They're currently in the process of discovering the ship's origins.

Their current findings will be presented to the public during a presentation on April 16th at the Knickerbocker Theater in Holland.

By Steve Patterson

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