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Agent shares tales from the deep

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  Ross Richardson is a treasure hunter who stumbled upon -- rather, floated over -- the find of a lifetime. A real estate agent in Traverse City, Mich., Richardson has for years spent his free time combing Lake Michigan for shipwrecks that went down in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Working with other diving enthusiasts, he's amassed a respectable track record of finds. In July, he hit the Big One. Ross Richardson Slowly crisscrossing the waters with his sonar equipment near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Mich., on July 7, Richardson's equipment showed a large image that made him wonder whether it was the ship he's been seeking since 2004 -- the Westmoreland, which foundered in a winter storm nearly 156 years ago. "I have a friend who calls the Westmoreland the most romantic shipwreck story on the Great Lakes," said Richardson, who explained that people have been searching for the ship since the 1870s, when storie...