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Elusive Shipwreck Found in Lake Erie

04-May-2018

After decades of searching, shipwreck hunters have finally found the remains of the Margaret Olwill, a steamship that went down in Lake Erie in 1899. Shipwreck hunter Rob Ruetschle found the ship near Lorain, Ohio, about 30 miles west of Cleveland. The Olwill was loaded with limestone en route to Cleveland when it sank in a storm, killing eight people including the captain, his wife and their young son. Ruetschle told the press he examined old wreck reports, newspaper accounts and court records to surmise where the Olwill might lay. After a failed expedition in 2016, he found the ship during the summer of 2017. The identity of the wreck has been confirmed. 


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