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Rochester, New York - The wreckage of the schooner Atlas which sank in 1839 during a gale has been located in Lake Ontario. The Atlas may be the oldest confirmed commercial schooner discovered in the Great Lakes. A team of shipwreck enthusiasts, Jim...  more »

Lost & Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks by V. O. Van Heest The many shipwrecks presented in Lost and Found became even more famous after their discoveries than at the time of their losses, gaining notoriety as historic attractions,...  more »

Low lake levels in the fall of 2012 resulted in the exposure of at least five shipwreck hulks along the edges of Harbor Island in Grand Haven, Michigan. Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates was called in to survey and identify the vessels, in...  more »

On June 20th 1874 the two masted scow schooner Shannon let loose her lines from the coal dock at the port of Oswego. Around 4:00pm the Shannon passed Oswego light and headed out into the lake. She had just taken on 100 tons of anthracite coal owned by...  more »

Oswego, NY: At approximately 4:40am on the night of November 17th 1879 the crew of the dredge Gordon fought for their lives in a Lake Ontario gale. Few lived to tell the tale of the last moments before the barge turned on its side and sank in deep water....  more »

Rochester, New York - The shattered remains of the Onondaga, a mid 1800’s paddle-wheeler, have been located in the deep depths of Seneca Lake south of Geneva, New York. A team of shipwreck enthusiasts, Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Hans...  more »

The WW II German submarine U-550 was discovered on July 23, 2012, 70 miles south of Nantucket Massachusetts. The U-550 was sunk by depth charges on April 16, 1944 after successfully torpedoing the American tanker, the Pan Pennsylvania. The exact location...  more »

In 2010 Erie Wrecks authors Mike and Georgann Wachter discovered a two masted tiller steered schooner 18 miles off Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the 8 foot long tiller the vessel had a beautiful and unusual bow. No cargo was noted and since the wreck was 40...  more »

A rare Great Lakes Sloop dating from the mid-nineteenth century has been discovered near the north east end of Lake Ontario in the upper St. Lawrence River.  more »

We are pleased to announce that our 36" x 24" laminated "Shipwrecks of Lake Erie" chart is now available. This artistic chart provides accurate GPS locations, paintings of vessels as they sit today, and images of ships before they sank. Many new wreck...  more »

A large crane and associated construction equipment with an estimate worth of over $700,000 lost in a violent October gale in 1981 has been discovered by a team of shipwreck explorers in Lake Ontario.  more »

For many years SCUBA divers and fishermen have occasionally come upon some of the nearly century old sunken wrecks in Oneida Lake. The locations of these wrecks have been kept secret as they are great places for fishermen to find game fish and for divers...  more »

Mike and Georgann Wachter authors of the Erie Wrecks series of books are pleased to announce the discovery of the schooner barge Commodore. This 170 foot long vessel was lost on June 17, 1918 while being towed from Cleveland to Sandwich Ontario. The aging...  more »

A mid 1800's Canadian schooner, Queen of the Lakes, has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Sodus Point, New York.  more »

Discovery earlier this year by a member of the association AREVPAM, located the wreckage in the Golfe of Giens (South of France, Hyères, french Riviera) rests in 10 meters deep on sandy bottom.The shipwreck, probably a Tartane was a small ship used...  more »

The wreckage of what is believed to be an original Erie Canal boat has been discovered in the Oswego River south of Fulton, New York.  more »

Shipwreck explorers Jim Kennard and Dick Duncan recently conducted a search in the Hudson River near Saugerties, New York, using a very high resolution imaging sonar discovering seven abandoned shipwrecks within just a few hours. Over 400 years ago Henry...  more »

In the French Riviera, a wreck is lying for several decades. An aircraft, whose debris was discovered a few days ago by divers archaeologists of the AREVPAM (www.arevpam.org), an association working for the development and preservation of Mediterranean...  more »

A group of Wisconsin marine historians and divers have announced the discovery of the missing steamship L.R. Doty, which vanished in a violent Lake Michigan storm 112 years ago, on October 25, 1898. The Doty was the largest wooden ship still missing on Lake Michigan, with an overall length of 300 feet.  more »

Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands Dennis McCarthy and Skip Couch, scuba divers for over 40 years, are announcing a new reference book. The “Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands” is a book that documents the lost fleet of ships that lay on the...  more »

Dennis McCarthy and Skip Couch, scuba divers for over 40 years, are announcing a new reference book. “Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands” is a book that documents the lost fleet of ships that lay on the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. They...  more »

"This unique book is a must for everybody who is interested not only in historical shipwrecks around Hispaniola Island (actually the Dominican Republic and Haiti), but also in pirate history." Almost 400 shipwrecks are described in this book, many of...  more »

Rochester, New York - A mid 1800's schooner has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Oak Orchard, New York. Shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville finally located the old schooner after a search effort that took them more than 5 years.  more »

Great Lakes Schooner - Shipwreck Location: Lake Ontario Steamer Arizona remains Location: St. Lawrence River Steamer Roy Jodrey Location: St. Lawrence River Old Shipwreck remains Location: Hudson River Sand Waves Location: Hudson River Old Anchor...  more »

Oak Orchard, New York - The steamer Samuel F. Hodge has been discovered in the deep depths off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Oak Orchard, NY. Shipwreck explorers, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, located the old steamer utilizing high resolution...  more »

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Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario - A Journey of Discovery Book

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce the release of a new book titled Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery. This book contains stories of long lost shipwrecks and the journeys of the underwater explorers who found them, written by Jim Kennard with paintings by Roland Stevens and underwater imagery by Roger Pawlowski.

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Legend of the Lake - New Discovery Edition Book

The recent discovery of the wreck of the British warship Ontario, “the Holy Grail” of Great Lakes shipwrecks, solves several mysteries that have puzzled historians since the ship sank more than two centuries ago. Now, for the first time, the whole tragic story of the Ontario can finally be told.

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