FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Great Lakes are the burial grounds to thousands of sunken ships that have been well preserved by the cold, fresh water.
In late April, a storm system brought strong winds to Lake Michigan and it caused large waves and high water levels on the lake.
According to the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association or MSRA, the storm churned up sand that revealed two historic shipwrecks.
One shipwreck was on the eastern side of the Garden Peninsula, near the city of Manistique.
According to MSRA, it is believed to be the shipwreck of R. Kanters from 1903.
To come to this conclusion, they matched newspaper articles with historical ship records and photographs.
An old newspaper documents the ship getting stuck in shallow water on September 7 just south of Manistique during a storm.
The R. Kanters was left to break apart in place.
The second shipwreck was unearthed near Ludington and it hasn’t been identified yet.
According to the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, it is believed to date back to the mid-19th century.
It states on the museum’s Facebook Page, that the area where the shipwreck was found is a burial ground to more than 300 vessels.
These latest discoveries will be added to an interactive map of shipwrecks that have already been found in Michigan’s waters.