• Short Summary

    LAKE ONTARIO, CANADA

    On August 8, 1813 -- two United States warships capsized in a squall on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario and sank with the loss of 70 lives.

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    1. (SOUND)
    GV Crew from National Geographic Society on board ship in Lake Ontario, as they lower underwater camera (3 shots) 0.25
    2. SCUs Still paintings of early 19th century ships (2 shots) 0.37
    3. UNDERWATER (MUTE)
    CU Encrusted cannon and its trolley (3 shots) 1.10
    4. SCU Figurehead 1.14
    5. SV Skull and bones of drowned sailor 1.17
    6. GV Ship's figurehead 1.20
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    Background: LAKE ONTARIO, CANADA

    On August 8, 1813 -- two United States warships capsized in a squall on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario and sank with the loss of 70 lives. The schooners were waiting to engage a British fleet, and their fate became the subject of the novel 'Ned Myers' by Herman Melville. The 18 metre (59-feet) and 22 metre (72-feet) vessels were pinpointed by an electronic underwater search in 1975 by a Canadian archeologist. Recently there has been renewed interest in the two ships, with a robot TV camera showing them to be preserved in almost perfect condition by the icy waters of Lake Ontario. Cannons. cutlasses, boarding hooks have all been clearly identified, even the wooden figureheads have survived their 170-year submersion. The camera has also photographed the bones of some of the sailors who perished in the disaster. The Canadian city of Hamilton plans to raise the 18th century men-o'-war and will provide a burial with full military honours for their crews.

    Source: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB75Z6ICMROLA1206A9HZYG1EE
    Media URN:
    VLVAB75Z6ICMROLA1206A9HZYG1EE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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