06/10/2013 01:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Henry B. Smith Shipwreck Found Near Marquette, Michigan 100 Years After Ship Went Missing

A ship that went down after a brutal storm 100 years ago has apparently been discovered off the shore of Marquette, Mich.

A vessel believed to be the Henry B. Smith was found by a group of shipwreck hunters just a few months before the 100th anniversary of its fateful voyage, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

In 1913, "the Smith and its crew of 25 vanished into the maelstrom, and entered Great Lakes lore as a “ghost ship,'" The Tribune reports.

"If someone would have said 'I'll give you a million dollars if you go and find the Henry B. Smith, but if you don't find it you get nothing,' I wouldn't have even tried looking for it," shipwreck hunter Jerry Eliason told WDIO. "I figured it would cost a lot more than a million dollars to find that wreck."

Eliason wouldn't go into details about how he found the ship, but, WDIO reports that "since last winter, Jerry and Karen Eliason have been processing data gathered through Freedom of Information Act requests."

The intel the Eliasons gleaned from the documents lead them to a specific location where they quickly uncovered the ship.

"It’s the most satisfying find of my shipwreck-hunting career,” Eliason told the Tribune.

The discovery comes just days after news that a 17th century French ship named the Griffen had been found in Lake Michigan.



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