GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a wooden steamer built 125 years
ago recently were uncovered in Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water
The Muskegon Chronicle reports sections of the 290-foot steamer Aurora,
which burned in 1932, and parts of at least four other shipwreck hulks were
exposed by the receding waterline at Grand Haven near the edges of Harbor
The Aurora is in the Grand River, which flows into Lake Michigan nearby.
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.