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19th-century schooner uncovered in Toronto

Parts of a 19th-century schooner have been uncovered during construction at Toronto’s waterfront.

It the ship’s day, everything south of Front St. would have been underwater, with several wharves jutting into the lake, the largest of which was the Queen’s Wharf, a major commercial hub built in 1833.

“We suspect this ship was scuttled deliberately to provide a scaffold for the workers building the wharf,” said David Robertson, senior archeologist at Archeological Services Inc.

The archeological dig began in early March with the intent of documenting the wharves built there in the early 1800s, Robertson said. On Monday, they discovered the wooden skeleton of the schooner.

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Story: Alyshah Hasham, Toronto Star | Photo: Bernard Weil, Toronto Star

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