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Many a sailing vessel has found its way to the bottom of the Great Lakes, and there are hundreds of submerged shipwrecks scattered across the state of Minnesota in Lake Superior and other bodies of water. This website, designed by the Minnesota Historical Society, allows users to learn about these shipwrecks through historic photographs, preservation documents, and maps. Visitors can get started by looking over ships in the "Minnesota Lake Superior Shipwreck Exhibit". Here they will find information about ships like the Thomas Wilson, the Hesper, and the U.S.S. Essex, which now lies underneath the water outside of the Duluth harbor. Each profile contains information about the ship's history, its tonnage, and its current disposition. Moving along, the "Minnesota Lake Superior History" area contains an overview of human activity on the lake, along with information about the vessels that have plied their trade in the area. The site is rounded out by a copy of the state's shipwreck preservation plan.
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