Great Lakes Shipwreck Hunter Finds Keystone State, Lost In Lake Huron For 152 Years

 

 

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” The Keystone State was in trouble.

  Big waves slammed into the wooden steamer’s sides as it rocked in the water near Port Austin under the weight of a powerful November storm.

  And then it was gone, swallowed up by Lake Huron that day in 1861, claiming the lives of all 33 on board.

  The ship’s final resting place was a mystery for 150 years.

  But today, veteran shipwreck hunter David Trotter, 72, of Canton plans to announce he and his crew found the side-wheel steamer in July at the bottom of Lake Huron — the latest in the nearly 100 vessels Trotter has discovered in more than 35 years of Great Lakes shipwreck hunting.

  Trotter — who will announce the discovery on his website,www.shipwreck1.com — said he didn’t think he’d ever find the Keystone State. “