I kind of suspected we might see human remains, and maybe we did, but it was hard to tell from the zebra mussels, said Merryman. Merryman and Eliason have hunted wrecks together for about 27 years and found 20 working together.
Merryman, a founder of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, said history told them the Jane Miller went down between Big Bay, at the mouth of Colpoys Bay inlet, and what was Spencer's dock.
People call these things time capsules and they absolutely are, he said from his home in Minnesota.
That ship took on 10 to 20 tonnes of cargo, so now the archeologists have a snapshot of 1880s life on the Bruce Peninsula with what kinds of things are there.
The wreck was found in Colpoys Bay, an inlet of Georgian Bay leading to Wiarton on the east side of the Bruce Peninsula north of Owen Sound in Georgian Bay.
The ship mostly is structurally intact with its mast still standing, rising within 23 metres of the surface.
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The shipwreck hunters also reported spotting what could be remains of bodies.
Merryman, who's hunted shipwrecks for more than 40 years, said it was exciting to find the missing vessel.
They looked past the dock location, theorizing the captain might have shot past it in order to drift into Wiarton.
It was on about the second or third pass that their sonar picked up the wreck. Owen Sound Sun Times More on the Jane Miller here Famous for it's Pickerel dinners and a must stop for boats heading north among the 30,000 islands ...
Cameron wrote a story about the ship, available on his website at