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Deep water video confirms Lake Superior shipwreck

From Star Tribune


Video taken more than 500 feet down in Lake Superior has confirmed that a shipwreck is the long-lost freighter Henry B. Smith.

Shipwreck hunters located the wreck May 24 about 30 miles north of Marquette, Mich.

They had little doubt then that they had found the Smith, which vanished in a storm with a crew of 25 in 1913, but the group wasn't able to get video showing the ship's name until a return trip to the site last week, the Duluth News Tribune reported Monday.

"We were blessed with gorgeous weather," while out on the water last Sunday and Monday, said Jerry Eliason, of Cloquet. And the camera — despite getting caught on the wreck for a half-hour — captured video of lettering spelling out "Henry B. Smith" on the ship's stern.

The 525-foot Henry B. Smith sank in the massive Great Lakes Storm of November 1913, after it ventured out from Marquette during a lull. The storm kicked up again and the freighter sank, leaving scattered wreckage and just two bodies along the shores of Lake Superior.