David Trotter, a shipwreck hunter, and his team located the New York, a 133-year-old wooden steamer that sank on Oct. 1, 1910, according to the Detroit Free Press
Reportedly, the ship had been found earlier this year, but the announcement only recently made.
"We were very excited because it was such a large vessel," Trotter said, reported Detroit Free Press.
At the time of its sinking the New York had been carrying coal from Detroit to Ontario when it ran into a severe storm. The storm took the boat under, but another ship had turned around to save the New York's occupants. Mataafa's crew picked up the captain and 13 crew members who were in lifeboats as the ship sank.
Built in 1879, the New York, a 283-foot ship, was the largest wooden steamer at this time on the Great Lakes. It wasn't long afterward steel and iron replaced wood in building large ships.
This find is said to be notable because it helps "shed light" on the methods used to build ships during this timeframe in history as written plans were seldom utilized in the building process.
"We have other vessels that represent that era, but none that were as large. ... It's an important look at the technology of the period," said Patrick Labadie, maritime historian for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena.
A video was posted on YouTube
on Nov. 14 that shows images of the New York.
"In the scheme of things, (the New York) ranks as one of the more important discoveries because of her place in Great Lakes history, her size, the heroics of the crew of the Mataafa saving the crew of the New York," Trotter said, reported Detroit Free Press.
Reportedly, Trotter has spent 35 years searching for shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. To date, he has found over 90 wrecks. He has posted the video and additional information on his website
According to NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program
the cold, fresh water conditions found in Lake Huron creates an environment that allows shipwrecks
to be well-preserved.
The wreck will be left as is, including artifacts. Marty Lutz, one of the divers on Trotter's team, feel it is better to leave everything where it sank for "other divers to enjoy".