Lake Erie Divers Start Work to Identify Wreckage

posted by Vic Gideon - 

Photo Courtesy Tom Kowalczk

(CLEVELAND) -- Divers begin work this week to see if the wreckage in Lake Erie near the Kellys Island, Put-in-Bay, and Middle Bass is the supply boat, the Lake Serpent, that sank in 1826. Lake Erie has limited visibility but the divers still might be able to see all the way back 200 years.

"That's the exciting part when you dive down there," says Carrie Sowden of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. "Even if you can't see the whole ship, it's just sort of a connection to the people who were involved in that vessel."

Murky waters will only allow divers to see about three feet of the ship at a time. They'll try to dig around the bow to see if they can find a serpent on the front of the boat that would positively identify it.

Copyright 2018 iHeartMedia  Photos Courtesy Tom Kowalczk and Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University

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The Lettie May, a schooner similar to the Lake Serpent. Photo Courtesy Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University

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