Sunken Keystone State found in Lake Huron - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Sunken Keystone State found in Lake Huron

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

"When you virtually have thought that you would never find something you were looking for, and finally it comes up and you find it, you say 'Wow.'"

After 20 years David Trotter and his team of divers finally found it - the Keystone State shipwreck in the waters of Lake Huron near Alpena. The steamer was one of the finest to travel the Great Lakes in the 1800s.

"She was called a palace steamer because she was of very ornate design and had very comfortable accommodations for passengers that could afford that kind of travel," Trotter explains.

But in 1861 the Keystone State embarked on what many saw as a strange trip. The vessel and its crew left Detroit headed to Milwaukee in the chilly month of November allegedly hauling farm equipment, but some say it was actually carrying a secret Civil War shipment.

The rough waters were too much for the Keystone State. The ship and the 33 on board vanished into Lake Huron.

Trotter and his divers have discovered more than 100 ships but this, he says, is one of his biggest finds.

"You realize sometimes that it's only just sheer 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration that will make success," he says.

Trotter tells Fox 2's Alexis Wiley he intends to return to the wreckage. Meanwhile he's putting together a program on the history and the discovery of the Keystone State.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Michigan girl mauled by racoon receives wave of support

    Michigan girl mauled by racoon receives wave of support

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:52:22 GMT
    She told us all she wanted was to wear earrings -- and now she's got a lot of options. We'll show you how Charlotte is healing after surgery to replace her ear... and how you've made a difference. Her story includes a tragic accident, but also a tremendous outpouring of support. The 12-year-old girl from western Michigan who was attacked by a raccoon, shows us how the generosity of others is helping her heal. "This is all the jewelry people sent me," she said. Dozens of pairs of earrings and ...
    She told us all she wanted was to wear earrings -- and now she's got a lot of options. We'll show you how Charlotte is healing after surgery to replace her ear... and how you've made a difference. Her story includes a tragic accident, but also a tremendous outpouring of support. The 12-year-old girl from western Michigan who was attacked by a raccoon, shows us how the generosity of others is helping her heal. "This is all the jewelry people sent me," she said. Dozens of pairs of earrings and ...
  • Funeral arrangements set for murdered Armada teen

    Funeral arrangements set for murdered Armada teen

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:36:17 GMT
    Funeral arrangements have been set for the 14-year-old murdered in Armada last week. Meanwhile, investigators are still looking for a suspect.
    Funeral arrangements have been set for the 14-year-old murdered in Armada last week. Meanwhile, investigators are still looking for a suspect.
  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:10:35 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices