Firm Believes Lake Erie Shipwreck Is Long Lost Vessel Of Admiral Perry

24th July 2009, 08:30
There are many shipwrecks beneath the waters of Lake Erie

But a salvage outfit called Northeast Research LLC believes one sitting in 176 feet of water 20 miles off the coast of Dunkirk to be of significant historical interest.

"If it's the ship we believe it is, then it was built in 1797," said
Northeast Research videographer Pat Clyne who has made several dives on what he now believes is the Caledonia, a warship once used by Admiral Perry in the war of 1812, and later refitted as a commercial schooner called the General Wayne.

"Even if it isn't, it's still a turn of the century built ship in absolutely perfect shape," Clyne told 2 On Your Side.