From: Kings Lynn UK
this may be of interest to you rebellious colonials.
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.
HMS Ontario was astonishingly well-preserved in the cold, deep water, explorers said.
Shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville used side-scanning sonar and an unmanned submersible to locate the ship, which was lost with barely a trace and as many as 130 people aboard during a gale in 1780.
The 80-ft sloop is the oldest shipwreck and the only fully intact British warship found in the Great Lakes, Mr Scoville and Mr 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 artefacts. They said the ship was still considered the property of the British Admiralty.
Although the vessel sits in an area where the water is up to 500ft deep and cannot be reached by anyone but the most experienced divers, Mr Kennard and Mr Scoville declined to give its exact location, saying only that it was found off the southern shore.
The sloop was discovered resting partially on its side, with two masts extending more than 70ft above the lake bottom.
"Usually when ships go down in big storms, they get beat up quite a bit. They don't sink nice and square. This went down in a huge storm, and it still managed to stay intact," Mr Scoville said.
"There are even two windows that aren't broken. Just going down, the pressure difference, can break the windows. It's a beautiful ship."
Found few pics.
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