General Butler

by Shipwreck World


Year Built

1862

Year Sank

1876

Depth

40 ft (12.2 m)

Difficulty Level

Novice-Intermediate


General Butler

Wreck Location

Approximately 225 feet west of the south end of the Burlington breakwater.
~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   44° 28' 13.8" N      Longitude:   -73° 13' 41.9988" W

Description

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,  the Butler's steering broke and the ship collided with the Burilington breakwater and sank .


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