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The H.M.S. Ontario, a British warship that sank in 1780, makes it the oldest British warship to have been found in the Great Lakes. The ship was found between Niagara and Rochester, NY in 2008 and was mostly intact. It sank during a storm where about 130 men lost their lives.
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GeorgiaKayaker

I was going to say this picture was not taken 500 feet below the surface. Not sure what that is growing on the bottom but nothing grows at 500.

PutterDutt

History can be fascinating! Thanks for all comments.

dhi

I was just thinking about the reason for a war ship to be on the Great Lakes, not specifically the Ontario.

Darklldo2

It's so silent isn't it. Well, of course all ship wrecks are but some are really quite ghostly silent. I know this isn't the Ontario but just think of it being down there all these years... Thank you PutterDutt :)

dhi

You are most welcome, Martha.

4felines

@dhi, I just read the site you referenced below. I could not take my eyes off it. An intriguing story. Thank you. ~Martha

dhi

Yeah for Jigidi U

PutterDutt

Thanks for all the research you folks did for us!

redina1

Thanks, dhi! That is fascinating. This is not a picture of the Ontario, which is 500 feet below the surface and dark. Cameras have gone down there, not people. Women and kids were on the ship, not just men. This is a 'wow' thing for me. :))

eagleboi

Thanks for the link @glensue

Short video of wreck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF_5RtN3nvU

The British ship was in the Great Lakes at that time because she was used to ferry British troops, supplies, and prisoners during the Revolutionary War from one location in New York State to another. She was launched only five months before she sank.

dhi

@refina1, check this out:
https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.shipwreckworld.com/articles/shipwreck-explorers-discover-1780-british-warship-in-lake-ontario%23:~:text%3DHMS%2520Ontario%2520is%2520the%2520oldest,found%2520in%2520the%2520Great%2520Lakes.%26text%3DIn%2520the%2520early%2520evening%2520hours,a%2520sudden%2520and%2520violent%2520gale.&ved=2ahUKEwjU5_XzpeD3AhXbNs0KHZXcBo4QFnoECAwQBQ&usg=AOvVaw1zw0PpwF-VC_9Et5eJYNgn

GeorgiaKayaker

Must not be very deep with water clarity and a free diver. Underwater searching in definitely time consuming however modern technology has come a long way.

redina1

What was a British ship doing in the Great Lakes in 1780? Glad they found it. :)

eagleboi

They don't seem very big to be out in a stormy ocean, but indeed they did sail the seven seas and then some ;-) Thanks Ellen.

ParsonWayne

Why would anyone worship a boat?

We so.

PutterDutt

Glad you enjoyed this, Ianto, Martha and Donna.

dhi

Cool, Ellen. Both in the picture and details. And in my favourite colours, to boot!

4felines

@PutterDutt, what an awesome picture and an amazing story behind it. Thank you for sharing this with us. ~Martha

Good for him, to have found it.

PutterDutt

Jim Kennard started 35 years earlier to search for this ship but was not successful until he and Dan Scoville teamed up together searching for sunken vessels. Together, it only took them three years to find this ship.

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