19th century schooner found at Toronto's Queen's Wharf

The remains of a 19th century vessel were discovered earlier this week at a construction site near Queen's Wharf
Remains of a 19th century schooner were discovered in Queen's Wharf in early May. On Thursday, what's left of the vessel will be moved to Fort York. (Supplied)

The remains of a 19th century schooner have been uncovered near Toronto's waterfront.

The ship, which could date back to as early as the 1830s, is incomplete, with only the keel, the lowermost portions of the stern and bow and a limited section of the bottom of the hull on the port side intact.

The vessel was found on a development site in Queen's Wharf by an archaeological team.

A spokesman for ASI, an archaeological firm, says the schooner "seems to be a vestige of one of the earliest vessels found in Toronto" but added that "we're not confident it will be possible to preserve the remains." 

This is the fourth time the remains of lake vessels have been found in similar archaeological projects. Other discoveries include an early19th century vessel at the Rogers Centre, a Commodore Jarvis at the Air Canada Centre, and a late 19th century harbour scow at a condominium site on the former railway lands.


  • An earlier version of this story said the ship was found by construction workers. It was in fact found by an archaeological team.
    May 08, 2015 2:56 PM ET