Shipwreck Hunters find Wreckage of "Scotiadoc" in Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.coM) --- It has been a wildly successful year for a team of shipwreck hunters, some with Northland ties.

After the discovery of the Henry B. Smith in May, this same team has located what may be the deepest shipwreck in Lake Superior.

"Some people like to fish, some people like to hunt deer or quail, and I hang out with guys who we get our fun of searching for shipwrecks," said Jerry Eliason, a shipwreck enthusiast.

Jerry Eliason and his crew of shipwreck hunters have been searching for the Scotiadoc since the early 2000's.

"The bottom there is tremendously rugged. It's up and down. You'll be in 500 feet of water, you'll be in 400 feet of water, you'll be in 950 feet of water, all within a short distance, so it's almost like looking for a shipwreck among mountains," said Eliason.

In September, they discovered the wreckage in more than 850 ft of water near Thunder Bay Ontario.

"Like magic, we got the camera up on the bow and saw the name," said Eliason.

The Scotiadoc sank sixty years ago following a collision with another ship in thick fog. One person died, while the rest of the crew exited on lifeboats. Eliason became aware of the wreckage while searching for another ship. Even after so long, the vessel appeared in fairly good condition.

"It was really impressive how much white paint there is still remaining on that boat and how much of the orange, orangish color of the traditional boats is still there," said Eliason.

In May, the group discovered wreckage of the Henry B Smith, that sank nearly one hundred years ago. The two shipwrecks combined bring a record for the crew in finding some of Lake Superior's deepest secrets.

"They were just under a thousand feet so in terms of length, if you want to use that as a measurement, this is by the far the best year we ever had," said Eliason.

The discovery of the Scotiadoc marks the 13th shipwreck the group has participated in finding.

They say they have no plans of raising the wreckage.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati