(Holland, MI) --The non-profit Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA) has discovered another shipwreck lost off the shores of West Michigan.
MSRA directors, Jack and Valerie van Heest and Craig Rich, discovered the wreck of a schooner while working with side scan operator David Trotter last summer. It rests in utter blackness 350 feet beneath the surface of Lake Michigan about twenty miles off the coast of Grand Haven. It is a remnant of the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes when schooners provided the primary means of transportation. Some 2000 shipwrecks went down in deep water in Lake Michigan; hundreds more were driven into shallow water where they ended their days pounded to pieces by the surf. This shipwreck ranks as the deepest schooner yet found in Lake Michigan.
The van Heests and Rich have located fourteen wrecks while working in partnership with David Trotter, as well as nationally acclaimed author Clive Cussler. The trio has been able to easily identify some of the wrecks based on unique features. They immediately identified the Hennepin, a wreck that the team found off South Haven in 2006, when they saw the conveyor belt and A-frame that matched historic photos of the vessel. They knew they had found the Michigan in deep water off Holland when they saw the ship's name engraved on the cover of a piece of machinery.
Valerie van Heest and Craig Rich will present the story of this new discovery at an event at the Knickerbocker Theater on April 21, 2012. The event, Mysteries and Histories: An Evening Beneath the Inland Seas, is MSRA's annual program which helps raise the money to conduct annual shipwreck searches.
April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, arguably, the world's most famous shipwreck. Author Joan Forsberg of Chicago will be at the event to present a program about Midwestern people who survived and perished with the Titanic. Jack and Valerie van Heest will also present the story of the discovery of the Muskegon lumber schooner Thomas Hume, the subject of an archaeological study last year.
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