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Appeals court says N.Y. gets 19th century schooner

September 6, 2013

NEW YORK — A 19th century schooner at the bottom of Lake Erie that salvagers claim played a critical role in the War of 1812 and was later an Underground Railroad freedom boat belongs to New York......

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Sep-06-13 10:36 PM

I am totally ignorant of Maritime law, but this just seems wrong to me. It's the same with treasure hunters. If they spend the time and money to find sunken vessels no government has, it should be theirs. (the people who find the wrecks) Seems only fair to me.

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Sep-06-13 1:56 PM

FedUpTaxpayer you must've misread the article. The State has no intentions of letting this shipwreck be removed from the lake. It was the LLC that wanted to bring it up and that has been wasting the taxpayers dollars putting this through appeals.

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Sep-06-13 1:24 PM

As a diver myself I highly doubt there are 'rec'divers on it. Getting that far down in that water requires expensive equipment such as a Nirtox rig ($500), Re-breather ($8k), full face comm's mask ($1k), and a very good dry-suit($3k-$5k). Diving Erie for any other reason makes me believe that the 'rec' diver is a well funded exploration diver hot on this guys bubbles. Why else would you dive Erie?

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Sep-06-13 11:51 AM

Look at today's Buffalo paper about the new state park along the water front and you can guess, that is where the ship will be relocated to. Imagine all the money the state will rake in charging thruway tolls for people coming to that new park.

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Sep-06-13 11:23 AM

Way to go NY State. Wasted taxpayer money on law suits over a sunken boat which you will end up soaking the taxpayer for even more money on, just to display it in Buffalo. Dunkirk gets screwed again. Does Chuck know about this?

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Sep-06-13 10:30 AM

I'm tellin' ya - the DLDC should jump all over this and add it to the underwater Bertges property!

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Sep-06-13 9:27 AM

There were dive teams going from the Horizon to this site several years ago. It would be noticeable if there were other divers out there, although some coast guard boats have hovered over the site on occasion.

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Sep-06-13 5:26 AM

If 175' is correct, a recreational diver doesn't have training to go past 100'. Different level of training. Water is too cold and you would need a dry suit.

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