Wreck of historic steamship that sank in 1862 storm discovered in Lake Ontario
Sonar locates wreck of Bay State, one of earliest steamers to sail the Great Lakes, seven miles off New York coast at Fair Haven
The 137ft-long, two-tiered ship vessel started coming apart, losing sections of its upper decks to the high winds and waves before eventually sinking and leaving a debris field about a quarter-mile long on the lake bottom.
Seven passengers and between nine and 11 crew members were lost. Kennard said records of the exact number of crew were not kept, but the captain and at least four crewmen were from Oswego.
The Bay State, owned by a Cleveland, Ohio, company, was built in Buffalo in 1852, a decade after the first propeller-driven steamers joined paddle-wheelers on the Great Lakes, the explorers said.