REPORT: Former Coast Guard Pilot Discovers 155-Year-Old Shipwreck

Former Coast Guard helicopter pilot Matthew Kuiper discovered a 155-year-old shipwreck in the waters of Lake Michigan.

After discovering the wreckage off the coast of High Island during a training mission, Capers recorded its location and later described his find to a friend. Fox 17 It was reported on Monday.

“We were practicing a surface approach in low visibility conditions, hovering over the water near High Island, and we looked down and saw the remains of an old wooden boat,” Capers told Fox 17.

Caper’s friend happened to be a neighbor of a professional shipwreck hunter. Ross RichardsonCapers began sharing information with Richardson, who identified the wreck as the Live Yankee, a two-masted schooner built in 1854 and sunk in 1869, Fox 17 reported. (Related: Shipwreck hunters discover intact remains of 156-year-old schooner sunk in Lake Michigan)

“[Keiper is] “As a pilot, I’m busy saving lives so I don’t have time to learn about these little-known shipwreck histories, but that’s what I’m good at,” Richardson told the outlet, explaining that he had dived to the wreck with underwater camera equipment. Close-up On the boat.

According to a Fox 17 report, the Live Yankee had been transporting passengers and cargo to Milwaukee, Buffalo and Chicago for 15 years when it got caught in a snowstorm on November 5, 1869. Those on board were able to escape and were taken in by a group of Native Americans from High Island, but one person died from the cold before they were eventually rescued.

“It’s not often that a shipwreck comes along out of nowhere like this,” Richardson told Fox 17. “So this one just came to us. Normally you have to go out and spend hundreds of hours to find a shipwreck. But every shipwreck is important. Again, it’s a story. We’re storytellers. We love a good story. And this is a good story.” (Related article: Father-daughter duo makes astonishing historical discovery during fishing trip)

Richardson provided the GPS location of the wreckage (45°44.152’N, 85°42.081’W), but the publication warned readers to exercise caution.

“Please be sure to use caution when exploring the waters of the Great Lakes,” Fox 17 journalist Andy Curtis wrote.[T]”The big waters don’t care why you’re there and will sink all boats the same. Also, it’s illegal to move, alter or destroy a wreck, so don’t take anything away except for photographs and be safe.”

Ships lost on the Great Lakes are still being actively located, most recently on Lake Michigan, as well as Lake Superior and Lake Huron.