CLUE is pleased to announce its latest discoveries, the brigantine
Sultan and a wooden "dump barge".
The Sultan foundered in a fierce storm on 24 September
1864 shortly after
bound for Buffalo, NY with a load of grindstones, lumber, and barrel
staves. The remains of the Sultan, originally discovered
by an associate of CLUE, Rob Ruetschle, are very intact
and an exciting find. Please visit the new Sultan shipwreck
page and be sure to read Kevin Magee's dive
report for more
detailed historical and dive site information.
FOX 8 news in Cleveland did a very nice story on the Sultan.
You can view it at http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-shipwreck-the-sultan-ss-txt,0,4761414.story
The "dump barge" was discovered last year during one
of CLUE's many side scan surveys. It is an unidentified wooden
barge approximately 140 feet long with eight
separate, hinged, bottom-discharge compartments. Of the numerous
shipwrecks in Lake Erie, this barge appears to be the only example
of this type of vessel discovered to date. All-in-all a unique
and interesting discovery. See the new "dump
barge" page for more