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Century-old schooner wreck found in Lake Ontario

Undersea explorers have discovered a 19th-century, three-masted Canadian schooner that sank with a cargo of coal in Lake Ontario in 1906.
Shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville located the Queen of the Lakes in 2009. ((Courtesy of Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville/Associated Press))

Undersea explorers have discovered a 19th-century, three-masted Canadian schooner that sank with a cargo of coal in Lake Ontario in 1906.

The 53-year-old Queen of the Lakes had run into a stiff gale and sprung a hull leak off Sodus Bay on the lake's southern shore. The crew of six abandoned the vessel and rowed to safety.

Jim Kennard said Friday that he and fellow shipwreck enthusiasts Dan Scoville and Roland Stevens located the ship using side-scan sonar in 2009 in waters too deep for divers to reach.

They confirmed the find and captured images of it this month using a remote-operated vehicle.

In 2008 in Lake Ontario, the team located the wreck of the British warship HMS Ontario, the oldest shipwreck ever found in the Great Lakes.

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