While the list of undiscovered wrecks is getting shorter, Jerry Eliason, Ken Merryman, Randy Beebe and their fellow shipwreck hunters continue to pursue a few sunken vessels in western Lake Superior. Among the ships they’re still searching for:Lotta Bernard, a sidewheeler that sank in 1874 off Encampment Island northeast of Two Harbors.Antelope, a schooner that started taking on water and sank off Michigan Island in the Apostle Islands in October 1897.E.T. Carrington, a tug and excursion boat that for a time carried passengers across the Duluth ship canal before the Aerial Bridge was built. The ship started taking on water and sank 15 miles from Duluth in August 1907, with no loss of life.Scotiadoc, a freighter that was rammed by another vessel and sank near Thunder Bay in 1953.
They’re also pursuing a wreck farther afield: the U-656, a German submarine that was the first U-boat sunk by American forces in World War II. It rests in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere off Cape Race in Newfoundland.