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Shipwreck or Site Name: St. James
Located Near: Long Point
GPS Coordinates / Location Deg
Latitude/Longitude (Degrees): 42.451730 / -80.122180
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min Sec): 42 27 6.23 / -80 7 19.85
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min): 42 27.10380 / -80 7.33080
Minimum Depth: 50.292 metres / 165 feet
Maximum Depth: 50.292 metres / 165 feet
Long Description: Originally located in 1984, the location of this intact 2 masted schooner was given to the SOS Chapter in Port Dover by Rob Cromwell in 1994. There were 4 expeditions to try and identify her: 1994 - Research vessel Edwin Link from Florida with submersible; 1995 & 1996 - Canadian Navy Research Vessel Cormorant with submersible; 1997 - Eco Nova & Geological Survey of Canada. Through the efforts of many individuals, the schooner was finally identified in 1999 by Art Amos (past pres. of the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee). The St. James had departed Toledo, Ohio on October 23, 1870 with a cargo of 14,000 bushels of wheat. Heading for Oswego, New York. The St. James was reported missing 12 days later, with no trace of the vessel or crew``s whereabouts to be found. The St. James is by far the most intact and preserved 19th century schooners in the Great Lakes. Resting in 165 feet of water, the 80 foot masts are still standing; anchors, deadeyes, bowsprit, and figurehead are all still in place. What caused her to sink will most likely forever remain a mystery. The St. James is chartered to regularly and is an absolute MUST dive for anyone with the proper training and equipment.
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