Vermont residents have found the wreckage of a ship that sank in Lake Champlain 200 years ago, UPI reports.
Research diver Gary Lefevre and his wife Ellen studied the bottom of the reservoir. At a depth of, they found the wreckage and took it to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Archaeologist Chris Sabick determined that these were the blades of the steamer Phoenix, which sank on September 4, 1819.
The Museum said that during one of the flights, the ship caught fire. Forty-six passengers and crew members left the ship. Six people died trying to swim to shore.
“I know the history of the Phoenix,” said Gary Lefevre, “but I had no idea there was anything left of this thing.”
The paddle wheels were located about a mile from the remains of the ship’s hull, which is located at a depth of 18 to 30 meters. Scuba divers often visit it.
“The bottom of Lake Champlain is like a Museum, and I like to find things there that I didn’t know existed,” added Gary.