Declining lake levels reveal more shipwrecks in Michigan

Published On: Dec 13 2012 12:57:50 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 13 2012 01:11:03 PM EST

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

There's been another report of a shipwreck uncovered off of Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water levels.

Ron Krzeminski last month spotted what he thought was rocks in Lake Huron about 15 feet off the shoreline of Huron County's Lake Township, reports the Huron Daily Tribune of Bad Axe.

When he got closer, he discovered it was the bow of a ship.

The ship appears to be about 18 feet wide and 60 feet long. Its name wasn't certain.

Aurora uncovered recently at Grand Haven

~Image of the 102-year-old "New York" discovered recently in Michigan~

Watch: Man finds 102-year-old shipwreck.

The remains of another wooden steamer named Aurora was also uncovered in Grand Haven near Lake Michigan.

Sections of the 290-foot steamer, which burned in 1932, and parts of at least four other shipwreck hulks were exposed by the receding waterlines.

The Aurora is in the Grand River, which flows into Lake Michigan nearby.

Read: Michigan Shipwreck Museum to expand.

Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates members and officials with the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven have surveyed the area.

Valerie Van Heest, director of MSRA and a maritime historian, says this offers a rare chance to see wrecks without having to scuba dive.

The Great Lakes are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Peter Brown says he expects more to turn up.

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