The remains of a shipwreck that washed ashore in West Michigan last week likely date back to the 1850s, experts say.
The wreckage — which includes a 32-foot-long hull fragment from a wooden vessel — were found last Friday on a beach north of Ludington, authorities say. After examining the pieces of history, analysts with the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum on Thursday revealed they likely came from a ship that was constructed between 1850 and 1880. Experts with the museum say the hull fragment sports 15 double frames that make up the “ribs” of the vessel — a common feature in ships from that time period. They say they’re continuing their efforts to identify the vessel.