War of 1812 shipwrecks surveyed in Lake Ontario

Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Researchers have surveyed the sunken wreckage of the Hamilton and the Scourge, two wooden ships from the War of 1812 that sank in Lake Ontario in 1813.

Using the latest technology, the entire site was mapped out over the course of several years, allowing experts to better determine how risky it would be to take next steps, like recovering artifacts.

“We have no plans, but we need to know the risks to prudently move forward,” McAllister said.

The team also wanted to get detailed images of the wrecks because they’re being colonized by a relative of the zebra mussel. A layer of mussels could eventually cover the ships.

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