Newspapers around the region are reporting the discovery of a piece of shipwreck at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A photographer from Kingsley is circulating a photo on Facebook that he took last Sunday.
But National Park officials say the wreckage first washed ashore several years ago. It's a 50-foot long plank studded with iron spikes. Waves recently uncovered more of it and pushed it farther along the beach.
There's speculation that it's part of a schooner, the "Jennie and Annie" that foundered in Platte Bay in 1872. That has not been authenticated.
As a part of the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve, the wreckage is protected from pilfering under state law.