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Minnesota shipwreck hunters locate Pere Marquette 18 wreck in Lake Michigan (www.mprnews.org)

More than a century ago, the Pere Marquette 18 started taking on water while crossing Lake Michigan and jettisoned its cargo of rail cars into the lake in a desperate attempt to stay afloat. It sank with the loss of more than two dozen lives and the wreck site had eluded searchers for decades — until two Minnesotans found it this summer.

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