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Shipwreck or Site Name: Atlantic
Located Near: Long Point

GPS Coordinates / Location Deg
Latitude/Longitude (Degrees): 42.510330 / -80.084760
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min Sec): 42 30 37.19 / -80 5 5.14
Latitude/Longitude (Deg Min): 42 30.61980 / -80 5.08560

Minimum Depth: 41.148 metres / 135 feet
Maximum Depth: 47.244 metres / 155 feet

Long Description: The Atlantic is probably the most historically significant shipwreck on the bottom of Lake Erie. The great luxury sidewheeler was designed to carry up to 800 passengers from the New York Central Railroad terminus at Buffalo to the Michigan Central at Detroit. The Atlantic was a large vessel for her day; 267 feet long, a beam of 33 feet and a depth of 12 ft. 7 inches. Around 2:00 am on Friday, August 20, 1852, the 275 ft. steamer Ogdensburg rammed into the Atlantic, leaving a large hole below the waterline on her port side. The vessels disengaged and continued on their respective courses. It soon became evident that the Atlantic had suffered serious damage. The captain attempted to run the vessel towards shore, but she began sinking by the bow. The Ogdensburg, some two miles away, could hear the screams of terror and returned to the sinking ship, picking up about 250 survivors. However, over 300 passengers perished.

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