The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 6, 1883

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Capt. Michael Beffels of the wrecking schooner Experiment has just returned at Racine from Lake Superior with an interesting relic. In the year 1854 the steamer Superior was wrecked on Picture Rock. She had on board an old-fashioned hardwood safe which contained a large amount of specie. While grappling for iron in the vicinity of the spot where the Superior was wrecked, Capt. Beffels and his assistants secured the door of the safe. It was found to contain several pieces of coin of the date 1854 under the lock and bands. Capt. Beffels will return to Picture Rock and search for the safe and its treasures.

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The SUPERIOR was wrecked in a storm on Oct 30, 1856, with the loss of over 35 lives. The wreck is located in shallow water in the Alger Underwater Preserve and is visited by divers very frequently. Any coinage that was on her has either long since been removed or is buried and protected by Michigan law.
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Aug. 6, 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 6, 1883