The recovery of a 26 foot fishing boat that sank in Lake Ontario in 147 feet of water.
Chris Martin was hired to retrieve this boat that sank in Lake Ontario in the season of 2019. Tim and Dennis assisted Chris in locating the boat and doing an underwater ROV survey of the site. After this survey was completed Chris was able to put a plan together to safely retrieve the vessel. There were a few weather delays but other than that the operation was a total success.
Two Smokestacks to the Steamer Wisconsin discovered in Lake Ontario.
On the 19th day of May 1867 the steamer Wisconsin left Cape Vincent on route to Chicago with passengers and freight. About a mile or so off Tibbetts Point Lighthouse fire was discovered in the boiler room. All efforts of the crew to gain control of the fire were unsuccessful. The captain decided to beach the steamer on Grenadier Island but before reaching the island the steamer had become almost fully involved in flames. The steamer Wisconsin was a total loss. 22 bodies were recovered the following day and brought to Cape Vincent on the steamer Pierrepont.
One hundred fifty years later, Tim Caza and Dennis Gerber found the two smokestacks of the Wisconsin two and a half miles off Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in 85 feet of water. The smokestacks had fallen overboard as the fire burned around the support cables.
New Discovery on September 16, 2017. (The Wreck of the Hiawatha, Schooner Barge that sank on September 20, 1917.)
It was 4 AM Saturday morning when this image appears on the screen during a routine sonar expedition in Lake Ontario by Tim Caza and Dennis Gerber. There was a dive done two weeks after the discovery by Tim Caza and John Shaheen. The wreck is 95 feet below the surface she is 70% intact and 176 feet in length with a cargo of hard coal aboard.
The wreck of the H.B. sunk on October 17,1912
About twenty miles out in Lake Ontario Tim Caza and Dennis Gerber found the H.B. and the Menominee on July 8, 2016 in 90 to 100 feet of water. Four persons lost their lives, J.D. Schamp, Steven Lebux, Fred Lahance, all Canadians, and Alice Derusha, the 16 year old daughter of the captain, John Derusha, of the H.B. The ill-fated schooner barge, with two others, was being towed from Oswego to Ogdensburg loaded with coal. The towline broke during a heavy windstorm and the H.B. and the Menominee went adrift. In a short time the H.B. went down.
The wreck of the Menominee, sunk on October 17,1912
Twenty miles out in Lake Ontario, the steamer Nicaragua sighted the Menominee and the Tug Proctor with the Barge Buckley and towed the tug and the Buckley to Cape Vincent. As the Proctor was returning to help the Menominee, it stopped to pick up Captain Derusha and his son, Elmer, who were afloat on the hatchway of the H.B. The Proctor did not arrive in time to help the Menominee and it sank to the bottom. Fortunately, the Proctor did rescue the crew. The Menominee is split wide open on the bottom, dumping all her cargo of coal.
The wreck of the North Star, sunk on Nov 26, 1886
She was a wood schooner built in 1854 in Waterbury, Port Dover, Ontario. Her specs were 98x28x8, 149gc. She sank in high winds off Stony Island in Lake Ontario with a cargo of coal and was a total loss. Tim Caza found the North Star on September 4, 2014. The vessel is intact with the bowsprit broken off and lying on the bottom of the lake. The main boom is lying across the starboard backside of the vessel. More
The wreck of the American sunk on October 1, 1894
The American was a wood schooner built in 1870, Asa Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, NY. The specs were 137x26x10, 269n. She was bound for Prescott, Ontario, in tow by the Tug Proctor. She sank for unreported reasons off Stony Point with a cargo of coal aboard. The wreck is mostly intact. Originally pinged with sonar by Tim Shippee and Dennis Gerber in August of 2008. New sonar images and photographs were taken on September 4, 2014.
The wreck of the J.W. Langmuir sunk on October 7, 1875
The J.W. Langmuir was a wood, two-masted schooner built in 1865 as a brig in Picton,Ontario. Her specs were 88x21x9, 116t. Major repairs were done in 1868. It is possible it was converted from a brig to a schooner at that time. Bound for Oswego from Picton, she was 8 miles off the Port of Oswego when she became unmanageable due to taking on water. She was driven back to the shoal at the head of Gallo Island and grounded, then broke up. Her crew made it to shore in her yawl. Later she was stripped and relieved of her cargo by the schooner Sassacus and Tug Wheeler. Tim Caza and Dennis Gerber picked up the wreck on sonar on September 19, 2014.
Sea Ray Sedan Bridge
Fire burned through the hull on a Sea Ray the vessel sank in 48 feet of water in Sackets Harbor.
Wreck of the S.S. Ellsworth, sunk on July 9,1877
The Ellsworth was built in 1869 on Seneca Lake as a sailing vessel. In 1870 she was fitted up as a steam vessel. She was on a ten day cruise among the islands at the head of the St. Lawrence and vicinity. The Ellsworth was at anchor off Stony Island in about 21 feet of water. A fire broke out in the kitchen causing the vessel to burn to the water line. She now lies in 21 feet of water off Stony Island.
Twenty foot fishing boat
Found on September 21, 2016 by Tim Caza and Dennis Gerber in 65 feet of water. The boat is an inboard and has two fishing poles stil in the craft. A tackle box lies about 70 feet behind the vessel.