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In the early morning of September 26, 1894, the crew of the 191-foot  schooner Ironton panicked. Cut off from the steamer that was towing the boat and  crew through the frigid waters of Lake Huron, the Ironton lost control. Aided by the wind because the crew did not set sail properly during a storm, the ship veered off course and collided with another steamer named Ohio.

Both ships were destroyed in the  collision, adding more ships to the dangerous area known as "Shipwreck Alley". There, the wreck of the ship waited until its latest discovery was announced in frighteningly good condition.

The Great Lakes are a sight that often surprises most people  with their big waves and endless open waters. The lakes were crucial for the national and international shipping of goods  in the 19th century. Unfortunately, the sheer number of ships cruising certain routes meant that one runaway ship  could collide with others, as  Ironton did. 

The collision with the Ohio punctured the Ironton's nose. He began to take on water like the Titanic. Unfortunately, the crew was unable to uncouple the lifeboat. While two crew members were able to hold on to the floating wreck, the captain and four other crew members fell into the water. All Ohio sailors returned safely  to shore.

After the sinking, the precise area of the spoil become misplaced to time. In 2017, studies groups encountered Ohio, suggesting its doomed fellow can be nearby. In 2019, efforts of the Ocean Exploration Trust (which located Titanic) and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary grew to become up the Ironton at last. The crew has due to the fact launched pics of the spoil—whose area has been mystery for the previous couple of years—nearly flawlessly preserved with the aid of using the very bloodless waters of the deep lake. Investigating thru sonar and remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the crew found its 3 masts nevertheless status upright with rigging connected to the spars. Even the lifeboat remains connected, putting with the aid of using a unhappy stretch of rope to the deliver itself.

In the future,  the wreck will be marked with a buoy so  divers can safely visit the wreck as well as many other sites in the area. Researchers hope to learn more about the Great Lakes themselves and their role  in historical trade. 

 Ironton is a special find for historians. "It's hard to call it a shipwreck," Jeff Gray, marine conservation officer, told the  New York Times. "There's a ship on the bottom, completely intact, and the lifeboat  is literally frozen in time for a moment."

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