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Keystone State shipwreck: Shipwreck hunter finds 152-year-old ship in Lake Huron

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The recently discovered Keystone State shipwreck is causing quite a stir among historians and treasure hunters alike because the shipwreck is believed to contain a secret cargo load of gold and war materials. David Trotter, a 72-year-old veteran shipwreck hunter, is expected to make an announcement today regarding the Keystone State shipwreck discovery, according to a Dec. 9 report from the Detroit Free Press.

Although Trotter reportedly found the side-wheel steamer at the bottom of Lake Huron back in July, a search of the Keystone State shipwreck is scheduled to be underway as early as this week.

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

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The Keystone State shipwrecked over 150 years ago in Nov. 9, 1861 and the tragic incident killed all 33 crew members aboard the ship.

Trotter’s Undersea Research Associates made the amazing find by using side-scan sonar. Since the Keystone State shipwreck discovery, Trotter has made several dozen dives to document the site in an effort to get some answers about the mysterious cargo, which some believe was intentionally mislabeled on the manifest, mLive reports.

“The most exciting shipwreck I’ve ever found is the next one,” Trotter said. “There’s an exciting sense of discovery about being able to touch historical events that fascinates all of us.”

“She wasn’t where she was supposed to be,” Trotter said. “I probably thought I’d never find her,”Trotter, who has found more than 100 shipwrecks, expressed.

Maritime historian C. Patrick Labadie said the wreck’s discovery can shed light on ship construction methods of the era and how people once traveled.

“This one stands out,” Labadie said. “It’s a unique wreck.”

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