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Shipwreck sparks interest of 5-year-old

Sophie Williams is lucky. Not too many 5-year-olds have shipwrecks named after them. Williams remembers her dad, John, taking her out onto the ice in front of their Park Point home last winter. There, beneath a sheet of clear ice, she could see t...

Sophie Williams is lucky. Not too many 5-year-olds have shipwrecks named after them.

Williams remembers her dad, John, taking her out onto the ice in front of their Park Point home last winter.

There, beneath a sheet of clear ice, she could see the remains of a sunken boat.

"I was like, 'Whoa. What is that?" said Sophie, who had been ice skating that day. "I thought it was a pirate ship."

The discovery sparked the Rockridge kindergartener's interest in ships. Since the discovery, her parents have taken her to the Lake Superior Marine Museum and checked out ship books for her from the library.

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But the illustrations in one of those books made her nervous about swimming in Lake Superior when summer rolled around. She remembered the wreck and thought it might be like one of the sunken ships in the book: "I thought there would be skeletons," she said.

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