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Modern-day underwater adventurers discover shipwrecks in Lake Ontario

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January 19, 2010
by By Denise M. Champagne, staff writer Messenger Post 

Kennard and Scoville

The partners, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville are divers who search for shipwrecks, mainly in the Northeast. Their latest find, last summer, was an old schooner that hadn’t been seen since 1862, when it sunk in Lake Ontario.

The C. Reeve, loaded with corn, was on its way from Chicago to Oswego when it was hit by the westbound schooner Exchange, which had left Oswego the day before with a load of salt. The two ships didn’t pass in the night, colliding in a blinding November snowstorm. The Reeve sunk within minutes, while the badly damaged Exchange was able to make it to the Port of Rochester with the crews of both schooners.

Scoville designed and built the prototype for the ROV, now called the Proteus 500 that is made by the Rochester company HAI (Hydroacoustics Inc., Rochester NY).