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2nd-Oldest Shipwreck Found in Great Lakes

The Washington went down in 1803

(Newser) - The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers says. The three-member Western New York-based team said it discovered the shipwreck this summer in deep water off Oswego, in... More »

Explorers Find Schooner That Sank in 1868 in Lake Ontario

The Royal Albert was carrying 285 tons of railroad iron when it went down

(Newser) - A retired engineer and two buddies took his boat out on Lake Ontario a few weeks ago, with a high-res side-scan sonar to see if they could find any shipwrecks. What they stumbled across, 400 feet below the surface: the remains of the Royal Albert schooner, which sank nearly 150... More »

Body of ESPN Writer's Son Found in Lake Ontario

Fisherman spotted body of RIT student Max Maisel, 21, missing since February

(Newser) - The body found Friday by a local fisherman in Lake Ontario has been identified as that of Max Maisel, the 21-year-old son of ESPN writer Ivan Maisel, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The RIT student had been missing since Feb. 22; he was last spotted at Charlotte Pier in Rochester,... More »

In Lake Ontario, 2 Wrecks That 'Aren't Supposed to Be There'

Why did 2 canal boats dare venture into the waters of Lake Ontario?

(Newser) - A team of shipwreck-hunting enthusiasts who've spent years trolling the unpredictable waters of Lake Ontario say they've stumbled upon wrecks whose appearance completely stumps them. Two canal boats on the bottom of the lake—more than 200 feet deep—lie within a few miles of each other about... More »

6-Year Quest Leads to Biggest Lake Ontario Wreck

Nisbet Grammer found off Niagara in August

(Newser) - The story of the Nisbet Grammer is not an overly tragic one: The 253-foot steel steamer was on a Buffalo-to-Montreal route in Lake Ontario on a heavily fogged morning when a steamer struck it. The ensuing hole caused the ship to sink, but it took 15 minutes to do so,... More »

Explorers Looking for Shipwreck Find Plane

Crew parachuted off plane, hoped plane would crash in remote area

(Newser) - A trio of explorers on the hunt for sunken ships managed to solve a six-decade-old mystery—involving a plane. The group uncovered a US Air Force C-45 plane that crashed in the east end of Lake Ontario on its way to Griffiss Air Force Base near Rome, New York, on... More »

Great Lakes Days Away From Record Ice Cover

Long cold spell excellent for lakes' health

(Newser) - This long, cold winter has created the most ice cover on the Great Lakes in 20 years —and with ice cover usually at its peak in mid-March, there's still time for records to be broken. Lake Superior is now more than 90% covered by ice, reports NBC , and... More »

Great Lakes Almost Completely Iced Over

They haven't frozen over this much since 1994

(Newser) - It's been so cold for such a long time in the Great Lakes region that the lakes are now almost completely covered with ice for the first time in 20 years. Ice cover has now reached 88% across the five lakes, the most since 1994, when 94% of their... More »

Erie, Ontario Fare Worst in Study of Great Lakes

Lake Superior relatively clean in comparison

(Newser) - A three-year environmental study has produced a color-coded map of the Great Lakes, with Ontario and Erie clearly under the most stress from a hodgepodge of factors, reports the Detroit Free Press . (See the map here .) One big culprit with those two lakes, however, is fertilizer runoff from farms,... More »

1780 British Warship Found

Extraordinarily well-preserved Revolutionary War sloop located in Lake Ontario

(Newser) - Two intrepid explorers using sonar and a remote-controlled submersible have discovered what may be the oldest shipwreck in the Great Lakes, the AP reports. HMS Ontario, a British warship carrying as many as 130, sank in a storm in Lake Ontario in 1780. Since 1781, when six sailors’ bodies washed... More »

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Water

Sunbelt lusts for Great Lakes' water, but eight states vow to keep it

(Newser) - You'd think the warm weather and easy living would make the West and South leave Frostbelters alone. But no, they want what that frost is made from: water. As drought and development strain limited local water resources, the Sunbelt wants to tap some of the billions of gallons of Great... More »

Polluted Fish Swamp Great Lakes

Industrial chemicals raise contaminant levels into range unsafe for eating

(Newser) - Industrial chemicals contaminate many species of fish that populate the Great Lakes, making them too hazardous for safe human consumption, says a Canadian conservation group. "The lakes continue to be polluted to such an extent that human health is threatened," says a report released yesterday that lists industrial... More »

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