Dive team discovers shipwreck

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A 214-foot steamship has been discovered off the coast of Muskegon more than a century after it sank in Lake Michigan.

Last month, a team with the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association located the John V. Moran during a sonar search, reports the Daily Mail.

Because the shipwreck sits under 365 feet of lake water, officials with the group decided to wait for the water to warm up before performing a dive.

With help from the Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit, the team was able to reach the wreck on July 8, more than 116 years after the ship sank.

A co-director of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association says the John V. Moran is one of the best-preserved wrecks in the Great Lakes.

John V. Moran shipwreck

John V. Moran shipwreck 1

John V. Moran shipwreck 2

‘Not a railing is missing,’ said Craig Rich, the group’s co-director who’s also a master diver and former Holland City Council member. The association is based in the Michigan city of Holland. ‘The mast is standing. The lights are standing. The anchors are in position. There’s even glass still in the windows.’

According to the Detroit Free Press, some 1,200 of the 2,000 sunken vessels in Lake Michigan no longer exist because they hit shore and broke apart.

About 360 wrecks have been found in the deeper parts of the lake, with more yet to be discovered.

The group has discovered 15 other historic shipwrecks.