The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to work with extraordinary shipwreck searchers in Lake Ontario as they announce the discovery of the 1803 shipwrecked sloop Washington.
The Washington was built near what is now Erie, PA in 1797. A sloop is a small, single masted vessel that was used mostly in coastal trading. The Washington was used on Lake Erie for several years, and then was sold to Canadian merchants in 1800. They wanted the vessel for use on Lake Ontario – so the Washington was pulled out of the water and dragged across the portage road around Niagara Falls.
On November 6, 1803, the Washington set sail from Kingston with five men on board and various cargos. She was never seen again.
In June, 2016 a group of searchers, led by Jim Kennard, discovered the remains of the Washington which is believed to be the oldest discovered commercial shipwreck in the Great Lakes. Their search was funded by a grant from the National Museum of the Great Lakes.
For more information, please visit www.shipwreckworld.com
Starboard side of the Sloop Washington Copyright Jim Kennard
Sloop Washington -looking bow to stern. Copyright Jim Kennard
Side scan sonar of the sloop Washington. Copyright Jim Kennard