Buoy marks 148-year-old shipwreck in Lake Erie
Mon, 28 May 2012 00:07:00 GMT —
CLEVELAND (AP) - A ship that went down in a storm on Lake Erie in 1864 near Cleveland now has a buoy marking the wreck. Divers placed the blue-and-white buoy over the Sultan a few miles from Cleveland on Saturday. The ship lies in 45 feet of water.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the buoy makes it easier for recreational divers to explore the ship and protects a historical artifact. The Sultan perished while sailing from Cleveland. It was discovered in the 1980s, but went unreported.
It was found again last year by the Cleveland Underwater Explorers. That group says the 127-foot, double-masted vessel was launched in 1848 in Chicago. It hauled passengers and cargo on the Great Lakes and along the East Coast for 16 years.