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Researchers study barge that sank in Lake Huron in 1909

Posted at 7:51 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 19:51:00-04

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Divers and archaeologists are studying a steam barge that lies at the bottom of Thunder Bay in Lake Huron, about a half mile of the shore of northeast Michigan.

The Alpena News reports the researchers, including students from East Carolina University, are trying to learn more about the W.P. Thew, which sank in around 85 feet of water after it was struck by the freighter William Livingston in June 1909. They are hoping to learn more about the single-propeller steam barges used to carry cargo such as lumber, coals and rocks.

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Last week, the crew of eight divers and two boat crew members completed five dives on the wreck, working on the baselines and getting information down about the site.