Discovery

On July 7, 2010 Ross Richardson discovered the long lost propeller Westmoreland. He was onboard his research vessel “GT” and using Side Scan Sonar. On the beginning of his third run of the day, Ross ran over what was unmistakably a shipwreck. Alone when he made the discovery, he called Jim Sawtelle and talked with Sawtelle while he made several passes of the ship the get better images with the sonar unit. Much to their surprise, the sonar images showed what could be intact arches on what appeared to be an extremely well preserved steamship. The wreck was lying in deep water in an uncharted hole near Sleeping Bear Dune.

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