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Indiana DNR Launches Shipwreck Website

CHESTERTON, Ind. (WOWO): A new website created by the state Department of Natural Resources is giving visitors 3-D views of four shipwrecks along Indiana's Lake Michigan coastline.

The website includes a recreation of the wreck of the J.D. Marshall, which sank in 1911. The wreckage became Indiana's first underwater preserve site two years ago. It's located in Porter County, just off the shores of Indiana Dunes State Park. 

Data for the website's four virtual 3-D shipwrecks were gathered using detailed sonar scans to create images of the vessels' underwater wreckage. 

The DNR hopes the website will attract more underwater tourists and get others interested in Indiana's unknown maritime history.

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