David Trotter said the find of the 283-foot New York earlier this year ends a two-year quest. Divers discovered it resting upright, with a damaged stern and broken stacks nearby, dozens of miles north of Port Austin.
"We were very excited because it was such a large vessel," said Trotter, 71, of Wayne County's Canton Township, who has spent 35 years looking for Great Lakes wrecks.
The ship was carrying coal from Detroit to Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 1, 1910, when it was hit by a storm with gale-force winds. Trotter said the crew from another ship, the Mataafa, rescued the New York's captain and 13 crewmembers from lifeboats.
Trotter detected wreckage from the New York in May using side-scan sonar from a boat. Divers made about 30 trips down from July through September.