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The General Butler was built in Essex, New York in 1862. Designed as a canal boat-schooner it was able to remove the masts and raise its centerboard and navigate the canal system. While approaching Burlington during a Winter storm in early December 1876,...  more »
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The story of Water Witch began in 1831 when Captain Jahaziel Sherman commissioned Samuel Wood to build a new steam vessel at his shipyard in Fort Cassin, Vermont. Completed in the early part of 1832, the Water Witch was a small boat as compared to other...  more »
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This early 1800's Horse Powered Ferry boat is the only one that has ever been discovered. The vessel is basic in its design and construction and has a length of 63 feet and a beam of 18 feet. Two horse swalked on a large wheel that spanned the width of...  more »
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In November of 1906, the steamer Grand View broke from her moorings and drifted on the rocks at the head of Governer's Island, opposite Clayton, New York.  more »
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The Harvey J Kendall was built at Marine City, Michigan in 1892. Originally built as a team barge she was converted in 1917 to a self loading bulk freighter. In 1932 the Kendall was abandoned.  more »
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The wooden steamer Arizona was built in Cleveland in 1868. She had a length of 201 feet and beam of 32 1/2 feet. In December 1922 the Arizona caught fire at Cape Vincent. She was towed up river for 1 1/2 miles and then scuttled. Later the ship remains...  more »
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The three masted schooner A E Vickery was built at Three Mile Bay, NY in 1861. An incompetent river pilot ran the Vickery on a shoal when entering the American Narrows. The 136 foot schooner slipped off shoal and sank soon afterwards. The Vickery was...  more »
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The Islander was built in Rochester, NY in 1871. She was utilized as both an excursion boat and a mail carrier. In 1909 the Islander burned at the dock. She is 125 feet in length. This is a great 1st wreck dive as you can enter the water from shore and...  more »
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The Atlasco was a wooden steamship built in 1881 at Buffalo, New York. She sank during a storm south of Ostrander Point near Point Traverse on August 7, 1921. The was no loss of life.  more »
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The steel steamship Manola was built in 1890 in Cleveland, Ohio. The ship was to be utilized during WW I. The ship was cut in half and both the bow and stern were towed though the Welland Canal and across Lake Ontario. the stern section made it safely...  more »
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Built in 1965 for the Algoma fleet, the Jodrey was a fairly new 623 foot Canadian self un-loader. On November 21 1974 while traveling upbound on the St. Lawrence River, the Jodrey struck a navigational buoy and quickly began taking on water. She ran up on...  more »
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Ship Type: Centreboard SchoonerLifespan: Built 1868, Sunk 1877Length: 131ftDepths: 90ftLocation: Sparrow Island, Brockville, Ontario, CanadaGPS N44 33 378 W75 43 151 The Lillie Parsons was launched on September 14, 1868 in Tonawanda, New York. She is a...  more »
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The Cormorant was built in 1941. In 1949 she was renamed the Russell 4 and was sold to the Newton Creek Towning Company of New York. Merrit, Chapman & Scott repurchased her and renamed her the Cormorant. The tug sank was swamped by a large wave near...  more »
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Tugboat foundered near Oswego in 1957.  more »
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Two masted schooner loaded with salt bound for Cleveland. Sprang a leak and sunk in deep water off of Oak Orchard.  more »
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War of 1812 US warship Sank in a gale on Lake Ontario Off limits for diving. Diving permit must be obtained from Canada.  more »
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Historic War of 1812 schooner caught in a storm.  more »
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Steam powered wooden tugboat  more »
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The schooner Henry Roney was carrying limestone and lath. It sprang a leak and sank while trying to reach the Charlotte harbor or Rochester, NY. Currently only the bow and the stern are visible and are slowly disappearing.  more »
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Three masted schooner 136 ft long carried coal with a crew of 7 people. Only Captain Griffin was saved after clinging to the mast.  more »
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The US Coast Guard Boat 56022 sank in a storm on December 1, 1977. The boat was located by shipwreck explorers, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville.While on route from Oswego to Niagara, the 56-foot Coast Guard cable boat experienced 6-foot waves and winds of 50...  more »
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Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario - A Journey of Discovery Book

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