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Two Sunken Shipwrecks Discovered In Lake Erie

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                                            Two sunken shipwrecks discovered in Lake Erie

Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director of The Great Lakes Historical Society, heads up the Inland Seas Maritime Museum's shipwreck research center in Vermilion. Divers and the museum staff have discovered two shipwrecks
in Lake Erie.


Remnants of the ship that was found in Lake Erie.
Special to The Morning Journal

Friday, October 31, 2008 7:30 AM EDT

VERMILION Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Riverside, a two-masted schooner which sank about 25
miles north of Cleveland on Oct. 13, 1893, with the loss of its entire crew of seven.

But the 133-foot ship, which was built in 1870 in Oswego, N.Y., has been discovered by divers from the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, who announced their find yesterday in conjunction with the Vermilion-based Great Lakes Historical Society.

Christopher Gillcrist, the society's executive director, said a second schooner has also been found, but its identity
is not yet confirmed.

"We're calling it the buried schooner," Gillcrist said. But Dave VanZandt, one of the divers who found it, is 50 percent sure it is the Plymouth, a 101-foot schooner built in 1847 in Huron that sank June 22, 1852.

"It's in the right place, and it has damage consistent with the collision that sank the Plymouth," he said. "We've
had only one dive on it, and we still need to take some photography and make some measurements." The wreck is about 90 percent buried on the floor of Lake Erie about 25 miles north of Lorain, but part of the rails and bowsprit are sticking up, he said.

Carrie Sowden, director of the Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center at the Inland Seas Maritime
Museum, which is operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society, said shipwreck identities are best confirmed
by finding their official number, assigned by the U.S. government and carved into a midship beam.

"We will look for that on the Riverside, but it could well be covered with zebra mussels by now," she said. "
The parts that are under the mud are probably better preserved." Photographs of the Riverside show the broken-
off mast and equipment including the windlass and a block and tackle, Sowden said.

Gillcrist said maritime archeology on Lake Erie is expensive and time-consuming but necessary to complete our understanding of history.

"The Great Lakes were the superhighway of the 19th century, moving people and goods," he said. "But the lakes' history doesn't get its fair share of national attention. We hope the discovery and study of shipwrecks will be an exciting way to get people interested in our history."
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There are several more photographs, but they are way too large to fit on these pages.

If anyone wishes, they can be seen here:
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