Shipwreck Found - Web Only Story

VERMILION, Ohio (AP) -- A steamship that sank 157 years ago has been found on the floor of Lake Erie.

The Great Lakes Historical Society says the General Anthony Wayne was found by an amateur shipwreck prospector. The wreck is about eight miles north of Vermilion, Ohio, in 50 feet of water.

The side-wheel steamship sank in April 1850 after its boilers exploded. It was on its way from the Toledo area to Buffalo, New York, carrying 93 passengers and crew. Thirty-eight died.

The man who found it and other members of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers plan to survey the wreck later this summer when underwater visibility improves.

The wreck belongs to the state and salvaging it is illegal, but divers will be able to visit it once it's surveyed and the coordinates are disclosed.

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