A team of intrepid retirees has discovered the second oldest confirmed wreck in the depths of the Great Lakes.
The team of divers that hunts for wrecks scored their biggest discovery yet: A 53-foot sloop named Washington in the depths of Lake Ontario. The sloop – a one-masted sailboat – sank in 1803. Reportedly, the Washington was carrying goods from East India worth $20,000. No one survived the incident.
“I tell people you can’t be the first on a mountain anymore. Most mountains have been climbed,” Jim Kennard, a 73-year-old retired electrical engineer told The Wall Street Journal. “But you can be the first one to discover and look at a shipwreck.”
The group of divers doesn’t plan to release the exact location of the wreck or salvage anything from it. However, we do know that it was found in “deep water” off of Oswego, N.Y. in late June.
The ship joins the ranks of 8,000 other wrecks believed to have reached a final resting place in the Great Lakes. Lake Ontario alone is home to more than 600 wrecks.
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