Friday, June 22, 2007

Prospector finds shipwreck in Lake Erie

VERMILION, Ohio -- The wreckage of a steamship that sank in 1850 after its boilers exploded has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Erie.Thomas Kowalczk, an amateur shipwreck prospector, used sonar on his boat to discover the General Anthony Wayne in 50 feet of water, about eight miles north of this northeast Ohio city, the Great Lakes Historical Society announced Wednesday.

The side-wheel steamship, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne, sank in April 1850 while en route from the Toledo area to Buffalo, N.Y.