More than 150 years after a violent storm caused it to sink to the bottom of Lake Superior, the 144-foot ship "Nucleus" has been discovered -- and it's in "surprisingly good condition," the wreck's discoverers say.
"This is a pretty significant shipwreck, considering its age," says Bruce Lynn, the executive director of the Shipwreck Society. "The wreck site is littered with shovels too, and a few dinner plates, which speaks to their work and shipboard life.” Also making the discovery significant is officials believe the vessel is "one of the oldest ships to go down along Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast," Lynn adds.
The Nucleus sunk in 1869 after a storm caused it to take on water, historians say. The crew abandoned ship before it went down and the schooner hadn't been seen until the recent discovery.