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Keystone State shipwreck: 152-year-old shipwreck, Lake Huron find may have gold

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A Keystone State shipwreck has washed its way onto news feeds and divers’ discovery lists this week, as a 152-year-old shipwreck deep within Lake Huron is one rare find that may contain gold and other valuables. Although the history of the famous steamer’s demise has been left a mystery a number of fathoms below in one of the Great Lakes, a shipwreck recovery team is looking for hints through the recent discovery, especially in hopes of gold rumored to be on board at the time of the sinking, reveals this Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

The Keystone State shipwreck calls us back to a time when the Keystone State, a large steamer, was braving dangerous waters roughly 152 years ago during a violent Nov. storm. The wooden ship’s sides finally couldn’t handle the powerful waves any longer, and was sunk within Lake Huron back in 1861, taking all 33 people on board with it into the dark depths.

Although the ship’s location has remained unknown for well over a century, the Keystone State has at last been found, and with rumors of ship stories to long-lost gold, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Great Lakes discovery.

A 72-year-old shipwreck hunter by the name of David Trotter and his undersea crew have confirmed that they found the side-wheel steamer earlier this 2013 at the very bottom of Lake Huron. Although he’s glad to have finally stumbled upon the Keystone State shipwreck, he admits that he didn’t think they’d ever locate the sunken steamer.

“My expectations were diminished because there was no reason to think she was this far north and in the middle of the lake,” he stated.

In addition to the rumor of a hoard of gold being on board at the time, it is thought that the Keystone State ship (being one of the biggest steamers of the mid 1800s) might have also been carrying Civil War supplies at the time. In a historic sense, the underwater find might also reveal more to historians about steamer construction methods of the period and details on seafaring (or lake-faring, in this case ) travel.

“This one stands out,” concluded one source. “It’s a unique wreck.”

Divers haven’t yet found any evidence of gold being aboard, but haven’t yet ruled out the possibility of such valuables being hidden somewhere in the 152-year-old Lake Huron ship’s remnants.

The investigative team is looking forward to quite literally delving deeper into the Keystone State shipwreck and finding out what mysteries its submerged hull may reveal to us in the present.



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