Sweepstakes Shipwreck Information

April 22, 2013 by  

Sweepstakes Shipwreck Information, The world’s ocean floor is littered with around 3 million shipwrecks according to the United Nations.

But one of the most captivating is in a pool of water much smaller – the bottom of an Ontario lake.

Shimmering in the clear blue water just twenty feet below the surface lies the Sweepstakes, a 19th century boat.

Despite sinking in 1885, she still holds an attraction for divers and tourists in the Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Sweepstakes was a Canadian schooner built in Burlington, Ontario in 1867.

At 218 gross tonnes, she was 119′ long with a 23′ beam and a 10′ depth of hold.

The end came for Sweepstakes in the summer of 1885 when she was hauling coal near Cove Island and her hull was damaged.

She was towed to the head of Big Tub Harbour to be repaired, but the damage proved too extensive to make a repair economically viable.

A decision was made to sink her and she was stripped of anything of value before being allowed to travel to the bottom of the seabed.

Although she deteriorates more each year she is considered one of the best preserved 19th-century great lakes schooners to ever be discovered

Metal bars are now throughout the inside of her hull, these have been installed by Parks Canada to reinforce the hull and deck.

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