100+ Year Old Schooner Found In Lake Ontario


The battered remains of a Canadian schooner that sank in 1890 has been found in Lake Ontario near Oswego.

Shipwreck explorers Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens were surveying an area of the lake for historic ships when they found the Ocean Wave, which capsized and eventually sank from a sudden, violent squall.

The 81-foot, two-masted schooner lost all five hands on board when it capsized.

It was bound for Oswego from Trenton, Ontario when the storm hit.

The explorers say they first came across evidence of the wreck last year while using side-scan sonar. They returned to the site this summer and used a remote-operated vehicle to obtain video images of the wreck.

The deck, much of the stern and the cabin are missing. The masts are gone except for about three or four feet of the foremast.

The survey of historic shipwrecks in Lake Ontario was funded by a grant from The National Museum of the Great Lakes/Great Lakes Historical Society of Vermillion, Ohio.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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