Searchers Locate Wreckage of Missing Freighter near Marquette

By KBJR News 1

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM CDT

Marquette, MI (NNCNOW.com) --- A team of shipwreck hunters may have solved a near-century old mystery in the waters of Lake Superior.

The group, some with ties to the Northland, discovered the wreckage of what is believed to be the freighter, Henry B. Smith, in about 535 feet of water about 30 miles off the shores of Marquette, Michigan.

The HENRY B. SMITH disappeared in Lake Superior with 25 crew members, on November 10, 1913 during a major Great Lakes storm.

Jerry Eliason, a shipwreck hunter from Cloquet, says he and his team spent three years working to get information on approximately where the Smith went down.

The information and data gathered helped the team pinpoint a location for the wreck.

"If someone would have told me six months ago, like a fortune teller or something, that in six months you are going to be finding the Henry B Smith, I would have said you are crazy because the Henry B Smith isn't findable," said Jerry Eliason, one of the shipwreck hunters who found the wreckage.

The ship has not been confirmed as the Smith, but Eliason and his team are hoping to head back to the spot in a few weeks to try to find the name on the ship with their camera.

(Video courtesy Jerry Eliason)

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