Storm exposes 100-year-old shipwreck in the Great Salt Lake
A shipwreck has been unveiled during a recent storm in Utah's Great Salt Lake, officials said. It is believed that the vessel sunk in the mid-1880s.
The shipwreck came to media attention after a picture of the wreck has been posted on their Facebook page by the state's Park Service. The steel boat is near the lake's southern shore and was uncovered when the storm-related winds triggered waves that damaged the lake bed, washing away sand that had previously protected the wreck.
“Great Salt Lake Storms can be ominous but also fascinating. There has been boating on the Great Salt Lake since the mid-1880’s. Some of these boats experienced tragic endings only to be buried in the sand by storms. But storms can also uncover them as the most recent one did by the Great Salt Lake Marina,” the park said in a statement.
“It is most likely a working boat, which puts it as a possibility that it was a working boat from the railroad fleet,” Great Salt Lake Park Manager, Dave Shearer, told local news station KTVX.
The Great Salt Lake is less of a bay and more of an freshwater sea in all intents and purposes, with all the dangerous conditions and rarely difficulties situations that the theory suggests. The first recorded near-wreck occurred as early as 1843, when a group of surveyors almost came to grief in a rubber raft, when a storm blew up from nowhere.
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