Divers hope to identify 1812 warship in Lake Ontario

Published on June 13th, 2009 | by Admin

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A team of divers are plunging into Lake Ontario to confirm whether a shipwreck laying on the bottom in the HMS Wolfe, which sank in 1813.

In collaboration with marine archeologists from Parks Canada, the divers plan to take detailed measurements, drawings and photographs of a sunken wooden sailing vessel that appears to match the size and last known location of the famous 32-metre sloop: the flagship of British naval commander James Yeo and star of a dramatic 1813 battle west of Toronto that helped thwart the U.S. invasion of Canada.

The suspected discovery comes just three years before the 200th anniversary of the war, adding urgency to the efforts to identify a possible new showcase relic for bi-national commemoration activities.

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