“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Eastern Basin Shipwrecks

A Watery Record of Mishaps


—Maritime Heritage —

Eastern Basin Shipwrecks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 23, 2015
1. Eastern Basin Shipwrecks Marker
Resting on the Lake Bottom. Beneath the waters before you lies a graveyard of shipwrecks from two centuries. Surprise storms, unchartered shallows, and lack of navigation aids are a few reasons for the wrecks. More and more people are learning to dive so they can explore this underwater exhibit of maritime history.

Some Shipwrecks in the Erie Eastern Basin. These are some of the ships that now rest on the bottom of the lake, shown as they were before the mishap that sunk them.
Wilma, Tug, Depth - 75'
Swallow, Wood Propeller, Depth - 190'
Abyssinia, Wood Schooner/Barge, Depth - 30'
Atlantic, Sidewheel Steamer, Depth - 155'
Cracker, Scow, Depth - 190'
Trade Wind, Bark, 3 Masts, Depth - 120',
St. James, Schooner, 2 Masts, Depth - 164'
Persian, Wood Propeller, 4 Masts, Depth - 195'
C.B. Benson, Barquentine, 3 Masts, Depth - 86'
Brunswick, Iron Propeller, 4 Masts, Depth - 100'
Carlingford, 3 - Masted Schooner, Depth - 95'
Passaic, Propeller Package Freighter, Depth - 80'
Washington Irving, Schooner, 2 Masts, Depth - 120'
Annabell Wilson, 3 - Masted Schooner, Depth 50'

Why and When Did They Go Down?
1936 Wilma - Cut by Ice
1917 Abyssinia - Ran Aground
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 23, 2015
2. Northward
Left marker.

1913 Annabell Wilson - Storm
1901 Swallow - Storm
1893 Dean Richmond - Storm
1893 C.B. Benson - Storm
1893 Washington Irving - Unknown
1891 Passaic - Storm
1881 Brunswick - Collision with Carlingford
1881 Carlingford - Collision with Brunswick
1875 Persian - Fire
1870 St. James - Unknown
1854 Trade Wind - Collision
1852 Atlantic - Collision

Annabell Wilson
Lost: July 12, 1913
Type: Schooner, 3 masts
Cargo: Coal
Dimensions: 174' x 32'2" x 12'
Cause: Storm
This wreck lies in 50' of water just 1/2 mile off Dunkirk Harbor.

Dive the Seaway Trail. Follow the "Dive the Seaway Trail" signs to some of the northeast's finest diving sites. For more information contact Seaway Trail 315.646.1000, or NY Sea Grant 315.312.3042

History can be revealed by exploring below Seaway Trail waters.

Seaway Trail, Inc., Corner Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685; 1-800-SEAWAY-T. America's Byways. This exhibit made possible by a grant from FHWA to Seaway Trail, Inc.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Southward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 23, 2015
3. Southward
Right marker, to the right of the tree.
42° 29.316′ N, 79° 20.171′ W. Marker is in Dunkirk, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is on Central Avenue 0.1 miles north of Lake Shore Drive West (New York State Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is behind a comfort station at the Central Avenue pier. Marker is in this post office area: Dunkirk NY 14048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds of the Harbor (here, next to this marker); To All That Served Honorably (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Honor of Those Who Served (approx. 0.2 miles away); To All Who Served (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated to Corporal Cyrus W. James (approx. one mile away); The Lighthouse Service (approx. one mile away); Large Anchor (approx. one mile away); Dunkirk Lighthouse (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Dunkirk.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Anchor from the Annabell Wilson
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
Left Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 23, 2015
4. Left Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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