Lower Great Lakes levels reveal Mich. shipwrecks

December 12, 2012 - 3:33 PM
Great Lakes Shipwrecks Exposed

A section of the 290-foot shipwreck Aurora is exposed on Dec. 11, 2012 in Grand Haven, Mich. due to low water levels in the Grand River. 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. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

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 levels.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/XS5bCY ) 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 Island.

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.