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20 years later, correspondent Jason Heaton rediscovers the Francisco Morazan

72 Hours on South Manitou Island: A Return to the Wreck

The wreck of the Francisco Morazan lies 300 yards off the southeast coast of Michigan’s South Manitou Island. Most of her torn bulk rises out of Lake Michigan, home to a loud and smelly community of gulls and cormorants. From the beach, the wreck looks tantalizingly close until your bare feet touch the icy water…