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Historic shipwrecks spotted by helicopter patrol

A Northern Michigan Coast Guard helicopter crew on routine patrol captured some excellent images of the shipwrecks that dot the waters off Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Traverse City-based crew posted six photos on Facebook showing the various underwater wreck fragments visible this week through the clear, blue water of Lake Michigan now the winter ice has melted.

Wrecks photographed by the aircrew include the Rising Sun, a 133-foot wooden steamer wrecked at the base of Pyramid Point in 1917, and the James McBride, a 121-foot brig that ran aground near Sleeping Bear Point in 1857.

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