The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1868, page 4

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WRECKS ON LAKE ERIE. - There are at different points around Lake Erie and St. Clair sunken and stranded wrecks which (though many years have elapsed since they were lost) are yet in excellent state of preservation. From Capt. Hackett, of Malden, who has just arrived at this port from a wrecking expedition around the shores of the above lake in search of lost anchors and other lost property, we are placed in posession of much that is of interest on this point.

It will be remembered by many now living that during the season of 1833 the fine steamer Washington, commanded by Capt. Augustus Walker, was wrecked on Long Point on the first trip she ever made. She was a splendid steamer and a perfect model of those times. Notwithstanding thirty five years have elapsed since that event, the boilers and a considerable portion of the wreck lies in the original position, and if recovered, would serve, in some capacity, many years service. Not far distant from the Washington rests the Atlantic, which in a still day is plainly visible, and aside from the disappearance of her upper works, has met with little or no change. At Long Point Cut there is yet remaining a considerable portion of the schooner Conductor, which was sacrificed in the terrible gale of November, 1854. Below the point are Corinthian and Arcturus, the former with her decks entirely gone, but otherwise in apparently good condition; the latter much the same as when last visited, early the past spring. Farther down Lake Erie, and in the locality of Point Albino, may be seen the schooner Pennsylvania, or what is left of her, which met her fate in the gale of 1844, with the loss of all hands. Capt. Hackett, during his peregrinations of the past six weeks, succeeded in rescuing no less than fifteen anchors of large size, and a large quantity of valuable change as a reward for his labor in his perilous undertaking. As he intends in a few days to extend his tour to other points we hope to be placed in posession of further interesting reminiscenses.

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Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the 1852 wreck of the ATLANTIC, near the center of the lake, was visible from the surface! The ARCTURUS was later recovered. She had only been there since the previous fall.
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25 July 1868
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1868, page 4