Posts Tagged ‘shipwrecks’

David VanZandt discovers Lake Erie shipwrecks: Erie Interviews

Meet David VanZandt, a literal rocket scientist who founded Cleveland Underwater Explorers, a group of archaeologists who discover and dive shipwrecks in Lake Erie. VanZandt and his friend Kevin Magee, both contractors for NASA, created the group they call CLUE more than 15 years ago. They research shipwrecks, pare down their locations and use side-scan…

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New shipwreck of Margaret Olwill discovered in Lake Erie

After 29 years of searching on-and-off, diver Rob Ruetschle found the shipwreck of the Margaret Olwill, a steam barge that sank carrying 900 tons of limestone from Kelleys Island to Cleveland in June 1899, the National Museum of the Great Lakes announced Thursday. The ship went down in a nor’easter, killing the captain, his wife…

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Hunting for shipwrecks in Presque Isle’s Misery Bay

After the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, sailors died and ships were scuttled in Misery Bay, a small inlet at Presque Isle, Pennsyvania. Now scientists and divers are scouring the Lake Erie bay for shipwrecks. The modern-day treasure hunt began in 2013, when a lifeguard spotted a debris field with two…

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See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

The tugboat Admiral set out from Cleveland on Dec. 2, 1942, towing the tanker barge Cleveco, with a million gallons of wartime fuel oil, on Lake Erie. A fierce winter gale sunk both ships off the Ohio coast, killing all of the Admiral’s crew of 14 and Cleveco’s crew of 18, and spilling all of…

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