The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to announce the discovery of the Royal Albert. This shipwreck was discovered in Lake Ontario by Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland “Chip” Stevens with grant assistance from NMGL.
The Royal Albert was a schooner that was built in 1858 in Oakville, Ontario by John Simpson. After 10 years in Canadian service, she was sold to H.C. Bolland in Oswego, NY. The schooner was 104′ with a beam of 23′. She was listed as a two masted schooner.
On August 9, 1868 the Royal Albert was loaded with railroad rails and left Oswego, NY, bound for Toledo, OH. The cargo of heavy rails shifted during the journey causing the sides of the vessel to split. Fortunately, the crew had just enough time to launch the yawl and escape the sinking ship.
The discovery of this shipwreck in June 2016 fills in another lost story of our Great Lakes history and ties together two countries as the railroad is expanding our countries. NMGL is proud to be partner with our colleagues in Lake Ontario.
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