boiler of the Louisiana was reportedly salvaged
in May of 1920 by the Leathem Smith Company of Sturgeon
August, salvagers removed the engine, scattering mechanical
debris that can still be seen today. It is not known if
the propeller, propeller shaft, and
removed at this time
|A diver examines the
broken fore and aft cylinder mounts and engine debris.
large hole has been blasted through the hull in the port
area, splintering the
and removing a 15-foot section of floors, ceiling, and
exterior planking. It is not known whether this is the result
of salvage attempts shortly after the wreck, malicious vandalism,
or an effort to remove protruding
elements that presented a hazard to navigation.
analysis of the wreck indicates that much of the upper hull
survived the fire. It was probably ice or modern salvage that
later reduced it to its present level.
out the Louisiana today