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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will continue their sanctuary series on Thursday, May 30th at 7pm. This week, they will focus on the 2019 discovery of lost ship Propeller Russia.

The program, digs in a lot, the people aspect, not just about the ship, but we have underwater footage of the ship that was found in 2019. It’s in over 200ft of water” said Mark Gammage, shipwreck speaker.

Propeller Russia was a cargo ship that went missing in 1901 after rough weather conditions affected their transportation of cement to duluth. Its last port of call was in Alpena.

“In the news, you’ve probably noticed recently that there have been a lot of ships being found because technology has, become so much better and allows people to find ships. But sometimes you don’t hear all the back story about the people that were involved and and what happened” said Gammage.

Attendees of the lecture will get to experience the genealogy of Propeller Russia, as well as view underwater footage from the discovery.

“I started diving way back in the 1970s, and, since then, I’ve been interested in researching, finding, and then documenting shipwrecks.I actually kind of cut my teeth diving on shipwrecks in the open area before it became a preserve and a sanctuary” said Gammage.