Shipwreck explorer to give talks on Lake Ontario mishaps Aug. 13, 14
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 2:41 pm

SACKETS HARBOR -- Noted shipwreck explorer Jim Kennard will present the “Deep Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario” on Friday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and “More Wrecks of Lake Ontario” Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor.

Kennard’s shipwreck discoveries – more than 200 since 1970 -- have received worldwide attention and have been featured in National Geographic Magazine. One of his recent and more spectacular finds is the HMS Ontario, a Revolutionary War British warship. Kennard and his diving partner Dan Scoville located the wreck in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario using side scan sonar equipment and a remote operated vehicle (ROV) they built. The wreck is the only fully intact British warship ever found in the Great Lakes.

The Saturday program will include presentations on “The Final Chapter of the US Coast Guard Cable Boat #56022,” “Discovery of the Schooner Orcadian,” and “The Last Flight of the SeaBee.”

The $5 fee for each program benefits the educational programming of the Seaway Trail Foundation.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail’s Dive the Seaway Trail project in partnership with New York Sea Grant and local communities features world-class freshwater dive sites for exploring shipwrecks and underwater landscapes accessed from the byway that is one of America’s Byways and a National Recreation Trail. For more information, visit or call 646-1000.