by Ben Solis, MLive.com

photo by Mile.com

WHITEHALL, MI – The spine of a sunken ship that has been buried in sand for several decades has reappeared on Lake Michigan near Whitehall.

Researchers believe the spine belongs to the ill-fated LC Woodruff, a shipping schooner that sank off the shores of Lake Michigan in November 1878. But, they can’t say for certain.

Based on where pieces of the Woodruff were beached following its demise, the spine now visible through the shifting Lake Michigan sand and surf is more than likely a piece of the wayward Woodruff, said Allan Dake, a Whitehall-area resident and a researcher with the Muskegon Heritage Museum.

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