Lake Superior

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Lake Superior had less commerce than the other Great Lakes and had only one major wreck during the Civil War.

Sunbeam. Union. Side-wheel passenger steamer, 398 tons. Cargo of 112 barrels of whiskey and $10,000 in specie. Built in 1861 at Manitowoc, Wis. Foundered during a storm in

22 fathoms on August 28, 1863, off Keweenaw Point, 2 miles east of Copper Harbor or Eagle Harbor, Mich., at latitude 47° 29' north, longitude 87° 47.8' west. (MSV, 205, 299; Nesmith and Potter, Treasure, 129; Hollister, "Sunken Treasure of the Great Lakes," Western Treasures, 23.)

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