The British used this 80-foot brig-sloop during the American Revolution, but it sank during a storm on Oct. 31, 1780. The Ontario was carrying about 120 people from Fort Niagara to Rochester, N.Y., when it went down. Great Lakes wreck hunters are calling its discovery the “holy grail”.
Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville discovered the ship. They say it is in remarkable condition, perhaps because of the cold water and absence of oxygen at that depth. The ship is still considered the property of Great Britain.