Friday, June 13, 2008

Items of Interest: 1780 British Warship Found!

I tend to use this word a lot when I'm talking about these sorts of things, but they really are: fascinating! As an Anglophile and historian, I was quite excited to see this article (now if I could only see the ship!).

AP: Explorers find 1780 British warship in Lake Ontario---

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A 22-gun British warship that sank during the American Revolution and has long been regarded as one of the "Holy Grail" shipwrecks in the Great Lakes has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Ontario, astonishingly well-preserved in the cold, deep water, explorers announced Friday.

Shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville used side-scanning sonar and an unmanned submersible to locate the HMS Ontario, which was lost with barely a trace and as many as 130 people aboard during a gale in 1780.

The 80-foot sloop of war is the oldest shipwreck and the only fully intact British warship ever found in the Great Lakes, Scoville and Kennard said.

"To have a Revolutionary War vessel that's practically intact is unbelievable. It's an archaeological miracle," said Canadian author Arthur Britton Smith, who chronicled the history of the HMS Ontario in a 1997 book, "The Legend of the Lake."

The finders of the wreck said they regard it as a war grave and have no plans to raise it or remove any of its artifacts. They said the ship is still considered the property of the British Admiralty.
Wow!

Do read the rest of the story for more details on the condition of the show, how it was identified as HMS Ontario, and how she was lost.

1 comment:

Lori said...

That is really awesome!