LOCATION: Western Lake Erie off Vermilion, Ohio, USA
LIES: Upright on mud bottom.
CONDITION: Amidships and Bow exposed.
DEPTH: 50' [15m]
TYPE: Sidewheel Steamer
BUILT: 1837 at Perrysburg, Ohio USA.
LOST: Both Boilers exploded in the midnight hour of April 28, 1850. Up to 50-60
CARGO: Passengers, General Goods
DIMENSIONS: 155' [47m] Length x
27'-4" [8m] beam x 10'
This fabled shipwreck was recently relocated
thanks to two separate, diligent efforts made by Tom Kowalczk ensued by
Mike & Georgann Wachter. I
extend my admiration to both parties, as well as, especial gratitude the Wachter's for the opportunity to explore
this fabulous piece of history.
majority of the ship is buried beneath the bottom. · Very
light zebra mussel
infestation. · The
upright sidewheels with shaft and drive linkage, located amidships, offer the most relief and are relatively intact.
Only the very top of the engine appears to be
exposed. · An
approximately 70 ft [21m] sojourn aft of the paddle wheels revealed no
relief. · At
the bow (a barren ~60 ft [18 m] swim south of the paddlewheels), framing
rises ~4 ft [1m] above the bottom. An anchor stock with shackle and chain
protrudes from the starboard side. A small section of anchor stock
protrudes from the bottom on the port
side. · An extremely
interesting site.· Dive
Stats Sunday 10/14/07: Visibility a "foggy" 6 feet [2m], Bottom
Temperature 63° F [17 ° C], U/W Time: Bottom 65 min/Total 70 min.
Topside: Sunny, Waves 4 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 foot.
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