(Toledo, OH) A Lake Erie shipwreck may be the oldest ever found in the great lake.
Shipwreck hunters who spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of a schooner in Lake Erie in Ohio think it’s most likely a sailing ship that sank nearly two centuries ago.
Some marine archaeologists and shipwreck say remain skeptical but the National Museum of the Great Lakes says there are several signs that say it’s a match to the Lake Serpent that sank in 1829.
The schooner was built in 1821 in Cleveland at a time when the city had less than 1,000 residents. Its job was to carry cargo - produce, flour, whiskey, limestone - to ports along the lakes.