The Legend

The story of the Westmoreland is one of the most romantic and well known shipwreck tales in all the Great Lakes. The Westmoreland was barely a year old when she foundered in 1854 and rumors soon began circulating about the Westmoreland’s safe being filled with gold and her cargo hold being loaded with barrels of whiskey. These rumors and legends inspired salvagers and shipwreck hunters to search for the elegant pre-civil war passenger steamer, and her treasures, for the next 150 years.

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