Great Salt Lake State Park

Century-old boat unearthed in Great Salt Lake by recent storm, park officials say

By Carter Williams, | Posted - May 25, 2020 at 8:11 p.m.

MAGNA — A storm that blew through the Wasatch Front on Friday not only toppled trees and briefly knocked out power for some, but it also helped unearth an interesting piece of Utah history.

A steel boat likely dating back to the turn of the 20th Century was spotted during the holiday weekend. Great Salt Lake State Park officials tweeted Monday about the unique find spotted on the lake.

Officials said boating on the Great Salt Lake dates back to the mid-1880s and that some boats sank and were buried in the sand by storms. But the storms that bury past ships can also help uncover them.

On Friday, a storm that blasted through Utah resulted in wind gusts that reached at least 55 mph at the Salt Lake City International Airport and exceeded 60 mph in other places along the Wasatch Front, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s believed the heavy winds nudged the doomed vessel free in this case, providing park officials and visitors a glimpse of the past.

Carter Williams

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