The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Wednesday.
The sloop Washington was built on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania in 1798 and
was used to transport people and goods between western New York,
Pennsylvania and Ontario. In 1802 it was hauled across land to Lake Ontario after being
sold to Canadian merchants.
The Washington set sail from Kingston, Ontario, for Niagara,
Ontario on November 6, 1803. The vessel was caught in a fierce storm and
sank.At least three crew members and two merchants were on the sloop. All aboard died.
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