A father and daughter stumble upon a century-old shipwreck while fishing in Lake Michigan

A father and daughter stumble upon a century-old shipwreck while fishing in Lake Michigan

New Delhi: Tim Wolak and his 6-year-old daughter, Henley, were fishing Lake Michigan When they noticed an unusual sight nearby wisconsinthe green Island. The young Henley was initially mistaken for an octopus, but it turned out that it had never been discovered before Shipwreck From 1871.
According to CNN affiliate WLUK, the duo, who reside in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, often spends time together fishing. While Tim fishes, Henley enjoys collecting rocks and sea glass. During one of their journeys, they came across an unexpected sight near Algeciras.
The couple was “just kind of driving,” he told WLUK. “And there he was.” While Henley initially mistook the unusual sight for a “rare” Green Bay octopus, her father soon realized it was a possible shipwreck, CNN reported.
“I was surprised that I hadn’t seen it before because it’s in an area where people go regularly,” Wolak said, according to WLUK.
As they explore the water, Tim notices what appears to be a shipwreck, a surprising discovery considering the area he frequents.
Motivated by their discovery, Tim begins a search to determine the ship’s identity. No records previously recorded this particular wreck, according to a Wisconsin Historical Society Facebook post.
Seeking more knowledge, Tim reached out to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Marine Monuments Preservation Program. Then, on December 4, the crews, along with
Upon discovering the wreck, Wolak began conducting research to identify the ship. According to a Facebook post from the Wisconsin Historical Society, no ship had previously been marked in that area.
Next, he contacted the Historical Society’s Marine Antiquities Preservation Program to request assistance in developing his research.
On December 4, Mike Neal, director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation, used a remotely operated vehicle to investigate the shipwreck, CNN reported.
Their findings revealed a three-masted wooden sailing ship submerged about 8 to 10 feet in water. Although the vessel’s identity has not been definitively determined, available information is consistent with the characteristics of the barquentine George L. Newman, built in Ohio in 1855 and measuring 122 feet in length.
Historical accounts indicate that the ship met its demise on October 8, 1871, in the midst of the devastating Great Peshtigo Fire, the world’s deadliest. Forest fire In the history of the United States. After the wreck, the crew took refuge in the lighthouse to salvage what they could.
Over time, the ship was abandoned, covered in sand, and faded into obscurity until the Wolaks came across it.
“I don’t know how we can top it,” Tim Wolak said. “I told her I’m pretty sure no one else at her school has found a shipwreck that hasn’t been recorded before… I guess we’ll have to fish more and see if we can find more shipwrecks.”
The discovery follows the recent identification of another long-lost shipwreck, the schooner Trinidad, built in 1867 and wrecked in 1881, which was found earlier this year in Lake Michigan, the historical society announced in September. .
The Wisconsin Historical Society plans to survey the wreck in the spring and evaluate it for possible listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
(With inputs from agencies)

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