by Jim Kennard

Year Built


Year Sank



12 ft (3.7 m)

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Wreck Location

4.8 miles SW of Dunkirk, NY and just off Lake Erie State Park in shallow water.

~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   42° 25' 7.7988" N      Longitude:   -79° 27' 6.5988" W


The three masted schooner, Manzanilla, heavily loaded with stone was travelling from Cleveland, Onio to Toronto, Ontario when she was caught in a gale and driven ashore.  The crew were able to safely get to shore.  The schooner was wrecked by the gale winds and waves. 


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