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Club Fellow finds 2nd-oldest confirmed shipwreck in Great Lakes

Club Fellow Jim Kennard, along with fellow explorers Roger Pawlowski and Roland “Chip” Stevens, have announced the discovery of a rare 18th century sloop discovered in Lake Ontario. Jim’s team discovered the shipwreck this summer in water off Oswego, New York. Images captured by the team’s ROV has confirmed the vessel is the Washington, sank during a storm in 1803. As reported by Kennard on his website, “The sloop was enroute from Kingston, Ontario to Niagara, Ontario, Canada with a full cargo when it foundered during a gale on Lake Ontario in 1803.  The Washington is believed to be the oldest confirmed commercial sailing ship to exist in the Great Lakes.  It was the first sloop built on Lake Erie and the first to sail in both Lakes Erie and Ontario.”

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