Lake ERIE, Osprey Charter      
August 18, 2018

Charter Cost: $150.00   Depth 155 - 165'

Join our Tech Charter and dive the St. James and the “Arches” Oneida with us...

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Saint James
Lost: 10/01/1870
Depth: 165 feet

Bound for Oswego, NY, the Saint James left Toledo, OH on October 23, 1870 and was never seen again. No one is certain the circumstances or even the exact date she was lost, but one theory is that she encountered a late October storm. The only thing that is for certain, is that the Saint James sank with 14,000 bushels of wheat in her holds.

This wreck was once known as Schooner "X", until divers uncovered enough evidence to identify her as the Saint James. Today, she lies upright in 165 feet of water, as perfectly preserved as any Great Lakes shipwreck. Both her masts stand nearly 80 feet off the bottom, both anchors are still in place, as are the bow sprit complete with scroll figurehead, windlass, capstan, bilge pumps and the ship's wheel. Even the cabin is largely intact.

 

“Arches” Oneida

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Lies: bow northeast               Depth: 160 feet
Type: hogging arched package freighter   Cargo: flour
Power: Steam
Built: 1846 at Cleveland, Ohio by B.B. Jones
Dimensions: 138’3”  x  24’1”  x  11’     
Date of Loss: Thursday, November 11, 1852
Cause of Loss: storm  The ship was lost with all hands

 The Wreck Today: She sits upright in 160 feet of water and you will reach the wreck at about 135 feet.  Usually there is a tie-in line attached to her hogging arch.  The upper decks have collapsed, but the middle deck and holds are still intact.  While zebra mussels have covered her, she is an impressive sight with her single mast still proudly erect and the forward rails waiting a passenger’s grip.  Her paddle wheels stand fairly intact and the double helmsman’s wheel has fallen over and can be found protruding from the silt.  Peering into the interior of the wreck, one might still see the passenger’s belongings and occasional artifacts of the time strewn about the wreck.