Researchers ID shipwrecks exposed by low lakes

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Researchers have identified three shipwrecks found exposed in West Michigan waters by lower Great Lakes levels.

MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/YbRHCC ) Holland-based Michigan Shipwreck Research Association on Monday said one is the L.L. Barth, a 160-foot-long, iron-clad wooden vessel. The shipwreck is located near Grand Haven's Harbor Island, along with a barge and a 50-foot tug boat named Liberty.

The vessels once were hidden beneath the water, but low lake levels made them visible to onlookers.

The three shipwrecks join five other deteriorating structures discovered by the association in the past year as a result of low water levels. In December, the group discovered the Aurora, a 290-foot wooden steamer, along with four other vessels at Harbor Island.

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