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A story two centuries in the making: LEGEND OF THE LAKE (Discovery Edition) The 22-Gun Brig-Sloop HMS Ontario, 1780  more »

A 200 year old US warship may be buried in French Creek Bay near Clayton, New York. A cannon salvaged from the old hull of a shipwreck over a half century ago may be the link to the USS Oneida.  more »

A mysterious sinking, a group of dedicated scientists and technicians and a 200 year old shipwreck have all collided in the Gulf of Mexico. Four thousand feet below the choppy seas the remains of a 19th century shipwreck lie in wait and a month long expedition has been mounted to uncover her secrets. This is the deepest underwater archaeological project ever attempted in the Gulf of Mexico. And it’s a race against time to uncover the Mardi Gras shipwreck and solve the mystery.  more »

The coast of East Africa stretches some 4,000 miles from Cape Guardafui in Somalia to the Mozambique Channel. It is rugged and inhospitable, with few safe anchorages, miles of treacherous coral reefs and a strong northerly current. Over the years it has...  more »

The SS President Taylor was the first troopship lost in World War II, going aground on Canton Island in the Pacific in February 1942. On board were 1250 troops who were to garrison the island. The commander of the accompanying destroyer advised the troopship captain to hug the shore because Japanese submarines might be in the area. But a change of wind, an adverse tidal current, and a fierce storm forced the ship toward shore.  more »

NEWPORT — To the untrained eye, the scene that greeted John Stanford and Mark Munro 30 feet beneath Newport Harbor Saturday, Dec. 6, wouldn’t have looked like much: A massive pile of concretion and timbers covered in algae, seaweed, barnacles...  more »

A rare dagger-board schooner has been discovered in over 500 feet of water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario using deep towed side scan sonar equipment. Sailing vessels of this type were in use on the lakes for only a short period of time beginning in the very early 1800’s. This ship is the only dagger-board schooner known to have been found in the Great Lakes.  more »

Local research divers Joe Cushing of Strafford, NH and Bill Lussier of Eliot, Maine, have located the US Submarine S-21 (SS-126), sunk for testing purposes in WW II. Following three years of archival research, interviews and magnetometer surveys they had...  more »

The wooden bulk freighter Redfern sunk in 1937 has been discovered in deep water in northern Lake Michigan.  more »

Seneca Lake - Pilot Alexander Gray experienced engine problems while flying over Seneca Lake in October 2007. Unsure if he could make it to an airfield, Alexander made a crash landing on Seneca Lake where his plane was lost in deep water. Dan Scoville of Rochester, NY and Chris Koberstein of Hudson, Quebec located the plane in early Augest this year using Scoville’s high tech side scan sonar on the bottom of Seneca Lake.  more »

HMS Ontario, a British warship built in 1780 has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville located the ship utilizing sophisticated side scanning sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle. HMS Ontario is the oldest confirmed shipwreck and the only fully intact British warship to have ever been found in the Great Lakes.  more »

Side Scan Sonar images - high resolution   Schooner Orcadian     Seabee Aircraft Wreck Schooner Milan     Steamer Homer Warren Great Lakes Steamer     Human Body  more »

Lac Simon, Quebec - A Republic RC-3 SeaBee has been found in the deep waters of Lac Simon, Quebec. The discovery ends the mystery of this lost aircraft that has endured for fifty years. Guy Morin and Chris Koberstein located the aircraft using sophisticated side scanning sonar equipment.  more »

Lac Simon, Québec - Un aéronef Republic RC-3 SeaBee a été trouvé dans les profondeurs du Lac Simon au Québec. Cette découverte met un terme au mystère de cet avion perdu qui dure depuis cinquante ans.  more »

The US Coast Guard boat, which sank in a storm December 1, 1977, has been located by local divers, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville.  more »

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

The 152-year-old Canadian built schooner, Etta Belle, has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Sodus Point, New York. Shipwreck enthusiasts, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, located the schooner by using side scan sonar equipment.  more »

A 140 year old Canadian steamship Homer Warren has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Pultneyville.  more »

Two ships, launched at the same time on opposite ends of the world, both meet their doom in Philippine waters. This is the story of their encounters during World War II.  more »

An early 1800’s schooner has been discovered in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Oak Orchard, New York.  more »

Inside scoop on the story behind the story of the recent discovery on the Panama coastline, as you know, according to International news sources, it seems that Jules Verne Nautilus real-life inspiration was found in the coast of Panama, but here is some more interesting details...  more »

A uniquely propelled horse powered ferry boat was discovered in Lake Champlain, near Burlington, Vermont, in the Fall of 1983.  more »

News Flash for those interested in Submarines, diving helmets and Jules Verne. According to International news sources, it seems that Jules Verne Nautilus real-life inspiration was found in the coasts of Panama.  more »

The story of a shipwreck, nearby Usuhaia,South of Argentina.  more »

There are many mysteries regarding the navigation and lighthouse of the State's Island.  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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