(WXYZ) — A new discovery is linked to one of two men who survived a shipwreck in Lake Superior more than 130-years ago.
It's a letter written by sailor Eli Wait 2 days after his rescue.
The letter was found in an old log from the U.S. Life-Saving Service which came before the modern U.S. Coast Guard.
Wait expressed his thanks-- writing he was numb and cold and seconds from being swept away by the undertow.
Five of his shipmates drowned when the schooner barge 'Atlanta' sank in a storm on May 4th, 1891.
The discovery of its wreckage came to light earlier this month.