New Lake Erie Shipwreck Website Now Available Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“There was a
pressing need for a website such as this,” says Joe Lucente, Ohio Sea
Grant Extension Educator. “Now an online database of Lake Erie shipwrecks
exists for people to access and learn about
The site gives those who
may be unfamiliar with
The website features the locations of many of the 277 known wrecks and more detailed information on 28 specific wrecks, including GPS coordinates, location information, and the history of each ship, as well as photographs. The interactive map allows users to browse and discover the locations of every known wreck, including the Morning Star, whose remains lie 70 feet under water after a collision with another ship in 1868. Some of the shipwreck listings feature underwater videos, so a website visitor can get a glimpse at the sites beneath the surface.
“Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or a maritime history aficionado, we believe you will not only learn more about Lake Erie's maritime heritage but will also gain an increased respect for the need to preserve and protect Ohio's historic shipwrecks,” states Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist.
The project is linked to
the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, one of 126 national scenic byways designated
by the Federal Highway Administration. This signed route travels from Conneaut
Lake Erie claims more
shipwrecks than any other
This project was jointly funded by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Coastal Management.
Dave Kelch and Joe
Lucente are two of 11 Ohio Sea Grant Extension agents located across
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