1872-1874 The Paul Pelkey Expeditions

Rumors of a valuable cargo of gold and barrels of whiskey started in the 1870’s when the former first mate of the Westmoreland, Paul Pelkey, returned to Northern Michigan to salvage the shipwreck. He is said to have taken bearings of land marks on shore while the ship sank so he could find the wreck site at a later date. Paul Pelkey was first mate on the Westmoreland when she sank. Every piece of research encountered over the years indicates that Captain Pelkey was an extremely capable, reliable and respected seaman. Below are actual newspaper articles of the day which describes his efforts to salvage the Westmoreland:

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