Thursday, July 21, 2005
Amateur wreck hunters have now received their reward for finding a missing freighter that sank in Lake Superior over 90 years ago.
A ceremony marking the find took place in Duluth, Minn. The Benjamin Noble was hauling 2,900 tons of steel rails on April 28, 1914, when it mysteriously disappeared. None of its 20 crew members were ever found. The only clues to the missing 239-foot steamer were that a storm blowing 64 mph winds crushed Lake Superior that morning, the captain of another ship in the vicinity saw lights disappear in the night -- and pieces of the ship were found floating in the water later that day. While looking for another ship last October, four wreck hunters found the Benjamin Noble. They have donated the reward to preserving the ship.