International study Scientists recover Ironton shipwreck from Lake Huron View photo
Ironton’s captain and six sailors boarded a lifeboat in the disaster, but were pulled down by the sea before it could be separated from the ship. Only two crew survived. Superintendent Jeff Gray said in an AP interview that a team of historians, underwater archaeologists and technicians discovered the wreck in 2019 and set up remotely controlled cameras to scan and document it. Although contemporary accounts and eyewitness accounts describe the general area of Ironton’s sinking, the exact location remained a mystery for more than 120 years. Researchers from NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan State and the Ocean Exploration Trust used state-of-the-art oceanographic technology to locate and document the shipwreck.