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By agreement, CLUE and the museum do not release the precise locations of newly found shipwrecks until formal surveys can be conducted, “in order to protect the submerged cultural site,” the museum said.



A shipwreck hunter sponsored by the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo has found the long-sought steam barge Margaret Olwill, which sank in Lake Erie off Lorain during a storm in 1899, the museum announced Thursday.

At least eight people died in the shipwreck, with a possible ninth being an unidentified deckhand, and newspapers at the time described survivors having to cling to floating wreckage for hours in the storm-tossed lake before their rescues.

Shipwreck hunters sponsored by the National Museum of the Great Lakes have announced discovery off Lorain of a steam-powered barge that sank during a storm in 1899, killing at least eight people on board. The Margaret Olwill was hauling 900 tons of limestone from Kelleys Island to Cleveland when it wrecked.

The vessel is believed to have had 13 people aboard and was carrying 900 tons of limestone loaded at Kelleys Island and destined for Cleveland when it foundered.

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