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Drought reveals 130-year-old North Dakota shipwreck

A steamboat that capsized on the Missouri River in 1891 is visible again, according to reports.

That’s because the US Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water level by about two feet because of the state’s ongoing severe drought, according to KX News. North Dakota is suffering from “extreme drought,” impacting 58.6 percent of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal service.

The 19th century riverboat, the Abner O’Neal, carried passengers and freight in the “waning days of commercially viable steamboat traffic on the Upper Missouri,” according to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

On July 17, 1892, it was carrying 9,000 bushels of wheat when it hit a rock. The ship and its cargo — both uninsured — sank.

The 19th century riverboat, the Abner O’Neal, carried passengers and freight.

On July 17, 1892, it was carrying 9,000 bushels of wheat when it hit a rock and sank.

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