Drought reveals famous sunken ship
- On 30/08/2012
- In Parks & Protected Sites
The wooden steamboat Montana has resurfaced on the Missouri River, thanks to the severe drought. Pieces of the sunken vessel are now clearly visible because of the near-record low water levels.
The Montana, built in 1882, was the largest vessel to ever travel the Missouri. It was longer than a football field.
The Montana struck an underwater tree in 1884 and was piloted ashore. The boat has been there ever since for the past 128 years. The Montana isn't the only shipwreck visible along the Missouri. But no treasure hunting allowed.
All of the shipwrecks on the Missouri belong to the state under federal law.