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July 8, 2016

1868 Shipwreck Found in Lake Ontario

Daily Albany Argus August 10, 1868

Recently the wreck of the schooner Royal Albert was found  in deep water off Fair Haven, 35 miles northwest of Syracuse.

The crew survived the August 1868 sinking by getting into a small boat and making it to shore. Apparently the 104-foot vessel was carrying 285 tons of railroad iron that shifted in rough conditions, causing the ships' seams to break.

Here is some information about the Royal Albert. I have not been able to find a crew list so if anyone knows of one, please let me know in the comment section of this post.


Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1858, J. Simpson, Oakville, Ont.
Specs : 104x23x9, 165 gc
Place of loss : 10 mi off Little Sodus, NY
Lake : Ontario
Loss of life : none
Carrying :
235 t. RR iron
Detail : Bound Oswego for Toledo, she split her seams and foundered quickly, her crew barely escaping in her boats. Speculation was that her cargo of RR rails was misloaded, forcing her sides outward.
Owned by H.C. Holland of Owsego.

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Image Credit: Telegraphic News Date: Monday, August 10, 1868  Paper: Daily Albany Argus (Albany, New York)  Volume: XLI   Issue: 16227  Page:2 

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