LOST AND FOUND: 1891 shipwreck ‘amazingly intact’ on Lake Michigan bottom

NORTHPORT, Mich. — The Great Lakes have been sailed upon since the 17th century. Over the last 400 years, it’s estimated that 6,000 vessels and 30,000 lives have been lost traversing these fresh waterways.
The most recent maritime tragedy was 44 years ago when the Edmund Fitzgerald found itself caught in a storm, ultimately sinking in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, and killing the entire crew of 29.

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LOST AND FOUND: 1891 shipwreck ‘amazingly intact’ on Lake Michigan bottom
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A few years ago, Lucas contacted a man by the name of Ross Richardson, who is an author and has investigated unsolved mysteries, shipwrecks and disappearances in Michigan. “It’s definitely a curiosity,” said Richardson, who wrote a book about Michigan mysteries in 2014.

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Detroit News: Diver discovers shipwreck cluster

“I was looking for wrecks that haven’t been discovered and have a decent last known position,” said Richardson, who’s originally from Grand Rapids. “This is kind of the last place in Lake Michigan where there’s a concentration of wrecks that are undiscovered, but somewhat attainable.”

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Diver discovers shipwreck cluster
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Could missing man from Grayling, Mich. be D.B. Cooper?

Robert Richard Lepsy was a grocery store manager, husband and father of four. On October 29, 1969, Lepsy mysteriously disappeared from Grayling and, to this day, hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“On the day he disappeared, he called his wife, Jackie, around lunch time and told her he was going to go for a ride,” Richardson said, detailing the last known facts about Lepsy. “A few days later, Dick Lepsy’s car was found in the parking lot at Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport with the doors unlocked; a half-pack of cigarettes were sitting on the dash, and the keys were still in the ignition

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mlive.com: On remote Lake Michigan shoal, diver finds undiscovered shipwreck cluster

Filming the wrecks, he said, is a way to share the history and experience. The wrecks, he said, “are right here in our backyard.”

“You only have to travel a few hours to come across a place that people haven’t been to in a really long time.”

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On remote Lake Michigan shoal, diver finds undiscovered shipwreck cluster

Macomb Daily News: Michigan’s mysterious treasure ship, the Westmoreland, found after 156 years

“… advances in diving and sonar technology certainly gave Richardson advantages over all of the expeditions before him, but ending up in the right place at the right time and dogged efforts to find the wreck certainly helped his cause.”

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Michigan’s mysterious treasure ship, the Westmoreland, found after 156 years

mlive.com: Gold and whiskey cargo fuels legend of the Westmoreland shipwreck

“…until 155 years after the sinking, when a diver and shipwreck sleuth from Grand Rapids would find what others could not; the wreck of the Westmoreland sitting upright on the lake bed, 200 feet under the surface of a bay where summer vacationers frolic in the shadow of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore. “

Gold and whiskey cargo fuels legend of the Westmoreland shipwreck