In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Shipwreck fragment found at Sleeping Bear Dunes

EMPIRE, MI –

A piece of a shipwreck that experts believe is from a schooner that sank 140 years ago has washed up along Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/ynmAuE) the hull piece was found Sunday by photographer Mark Lindsay of Kingsley, who was taking a walk through the dunes north of Empire along Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.

Sleeping Bear Dunes historians say the fragment is believed to be from the Jennie and Annie, which went down in the area in 1872.

The piece is about 40 feet long and is peppered with twisted metal spikes.

Laura Quackenbush, a museum technician at Sleeping Bear Dunes, says it's one of one of several fragments of the wreck to wash ashore over the years.