by Tanda Gmiter, MLive.com

FRANKFORT, MI – It was 138 years ago this fall that a schooner hauling iron ore met a violent end in a sudden squall in northern Lake Michigan. The wreck still litters the lake’s bottom near Frankfort – and sparked a haunting mystery that continues to be part of Great Lakes lore: a woman who died lashed to the sinking ship’s mast.

Boaters have floated over the waterlogged timbers off shore. They’re all that remain of the J. Hazard Hartzell. That, and a U.S. Life Saving Service annual report that goes into great detail about the 1880 wreck and its controversial rescue effort.

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