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Shipwreck hunter reports find of ship lost in 1861

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HARRISVILLE, Mich. (AP) -

A veteran Great Lakes shipwreck hunter says he and his crew found the wreck of a wooden steamer that sank in 1861 in Lake Huron.

The Detroit Free Press reports 72-year-old David Trotter of Wayne County's Canton Township says the Keystone State was found during a July search. It was heading from Detroit to Milwaukee when it sank during a powerful November storm, claiming 33 lives.

The wreck is in nearly 175 feet of water, about 25-30 miles northeast of Harrisville, which is about 110 miles north of Saginaw.

The nearly 300-foot-long Keystone State was built in Buffalo, N.Y. It had paddle wheels on its sides nearly 40 feet in diameter.

Maritime historian C. Patrick Labadie says its discovery can shed light on ship construction methods of the era and how people once traveled.

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