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18 ft (5.5 m)

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Between timber Island and the Duck Islands in the shallows of Gull Shoal
~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   43° 56' 13.9992" N      Longitude:   -76° 50' 3.9984" W


The Banshee is a wooden propeller steamboat.  She was on route from Port Stanley (Lake Erie) to Montreal with a cargo of 6000 bushels of weat, 250 barrels of flour, and 300 kegs of butterr.  The Banshee ran into a terrific strom on August 21, 1861 and lost the use of her engine.  She drifted into shallow water and was stranded.  All of the crew except one were saved.


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