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An international team of archeologists has discovered a perfectly preserved steamboat from the Klondike gold rush lying in the freezing waters of Lake Laberge, in the subarctic wilderness of the Yukon. Their images of the sternwheeler A.J. Goddard are the first views of the frontier steamer since it disappeared in a winter storm on the lake in October of 1901.

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Doug Davidge was the first to reach the site and the first to touch Goddard since it disappeared in 1901.

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The A.J. Goddard forge, used by the crew to repair ironwork, remains in place, bolted to the deck.

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Archaeologist Lindsey Thomas hovers next the boiler on the deck of the shipwrecked steamer A.J. Goddard.

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A wooden mallet from the Goddard engineer's tool box lies on the lake bed beneath the steamer's paddlewheel.

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A view through the rails at the bow of A.J. Goddard shows the windlass used to raise and lower the steamer's anchors.

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