U.S. 1886 shipwreck found in Lake Michigan by explorers using newspaper clippings as clues: "Bad things happen in threes"


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Nearly 140 years after a ship went down in Lake Michigan, explorers have discovered the wreck "remarkably intact" after following clues from old newspaper clippings. The wreck of the steamship Milwaukee, which sank after colliding with another vessel in 1886, was found 360 feet below the water's surface, explorers from the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA) said this weekend.

The researchers said they located the Milwaukee in June 2023 using side-scan sonar and then surveyed the wreck using a remote operated vehicle (ROV). The team announced its discovery to a live audience at a theater in Holland, Michigan, at the association's annual film festival.