The Doty was carrying a load of corn from South Chicago to Midland, Ontario, on October 25, 1898, when it was caught up in a violent storm that pounded the vessel with snow, sleet and heavy winds.
The cold, fresh water and extreme depth aided in the preservation of this vessel, according to the organization's website.
All of the Doty's 17-member crew, along with the ship's two cats were presumed lost at sea. However, Brendon Baillod, the president of the Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association, is hopeful that the crew's corpses might also be recovered, according to the Associated Press. Divers even found the ship's cargo of corn still in its hold.
Details as to why the Doty came to settle on the bottom of Lake Michigan are still murky, and there are no plans to recover the lost vessel.