It's been almost a hundred years since the Henry B. Smith freighter sank in Lake Superior. Now a team of shipwreck hunters from Wisconsin and Minnesota believe they have found her not too far from Marquette.
Thirty miles north of Marquette and 500 feet under Lake Superior lies what is believed to be the Henry B. Smith freighter.
News of the discovery has excited people including 80-year-old Joan Hansen, whose grandfather was the chief engineer of the carrier.
"I know if my dad were alive, he'd have every TV he could find on," said Joan Hansen.
The Henry B. Smith, loaded with ore, headed to Cleveland and sailed into a massive storm on November 9, 1913. The storm produced 30 foot waves and 70 mile per hour winds, sinking 17 ships and claimed the lives of 250 sailors.
Only one body was recovered after the Smith sank.
"My grandmother's brother identified him by his wedding ring, which was engraved with his name," Hansen explained.
After twenty minutes of looking this Memorial Day weekend, searchers discovered wreckage in the area where the Smith went down.
"More or less upright, meaning it's not quite level, but the pilot house is up, the keel is down. It seems to be pointing north as it would be heading to the Keweenaw for shelter," explained Daniel Fountain, shipwreck hunter.
However, the question remains: how did she sink? Historians hope with more research, the damage could lead to a concrete answer.
"Damage to the mid-ship that could lead you to believe that perhaps she broke in two at the surface. Perhaps she was pushed into a trough in the waves and simply rolled over and sank," said Frederick Stonehouse, shipwreck historian.
There are plans to continue exploring the ship and analyzing the video over the summer.