A 119-year-old shipwreck has been discovered on the backside of Lake Erie.
The picket steam barge Margaret Olwill sank in 50 ft of water throughout a nor’ester in 1899. Eight folks died, together with the captain, his spouse and their 9-year-old son.
The Nationwide Museum of the Nice Lakes in Toledo introduced the invention on Thursday.
“It was a significant catastrophe again in 1899 when it sank,” shipwreck hunter Rob Ruetschele mentioned, in accordance with The Toledo Blade.
Ruetschele, a member of Cleveland Underwater Exploerers, mentioned he thought he discovered the Olwill in 1989. Sonar later confirmed that what he had found was a heap of rocks close to a sunken tree trunk.
He continued the search, utilizing historic data to map a 60-square mile search space off Ohio.
“I dove within the night time I discovered it,” he mentioned, in accordance with the paper.
The Olwill was hauling 900 tons of limestone to Cleveland when it sank.
The 4 survivors clung to floating wreckage and had been tossed by Lake Erie’s waves for hours, Fox eight Cleveland reported.
One man was described as “extra useless than alive” when he was rescued, in accordance with the station.
Rescuers tried to save lots of one other survivor however the individual was too weak from publicity to seize a rope that was tossed to him and drowned.