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Rare Early Sloop Wrecked In 1803 Found In Lake Ontario

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Shipwreck explorers Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens have found another, near Oswego.

It’s the sloop Washington, believed to be the oldest sailing ship used on the Great Lakes.

The sloop went down in a gale while en route from Kingston to Niagara in early November 1803.

The Sloop Washington - Courtesy Roger Pawlowski

The Sloop Washington – Courtesy Roger Pawlowski

Sloops were soon replaced by schooners with two masts which were more efficient to sail.

Built in 1797, the Washington is believed to be the first ship to sail in both Lakes Erie and Ontario.

Here are links to underwater video and the backstory to this rare ship.

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