Civil War-era Schooner

Date: 8/2/2010

The schooner, thought to have sunk in 1862, was located in the depths of Lake Ontario. Two shipwreck explorers chanced upon the 36-metre-long C. Reeve while conducting underwater surveys a few kilometres off the lake’s southern shore west of Rochester, New York. The twin-masted ship lies mostly intact, its main mast still erect, at a depth of nearly 122 metres. Built in Buffalo in 1853, the C. Reeve was carrying 13,500 bushels of corn from Chicago to Oswego. It collided with the Exchange, a Lake Erie-bound schooner loaded with salt, and its small crew was rescued before it quickly went under.

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