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Web extra: Student-built explorer unlocks Lake Ontario secrets

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The remote-operated vehicle designed and built by RIT engineering students was used during the summer of 2006 to explore shipwrecks in Lake Ontario , such as this one off Oswego . The anchor is still hanging from the rail on the port rail at the bow of the ship. This picture was taken by the ROV at a depth of more than 300 feet.

The starboard anchor of the sunken schooner near Oswego . This anchor is just slung over the railing and hangs from one of its flutes.


During the summer of 2006, Dan Scoville '05 (mechanical engineering) used a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) designed and built by RIT students to explore Lake Ontario shipwrecks. This photo was taken by the ROV with the camera looking toward the surface from a depth of more than 200 feet. It was a clear day and the water clarity was very good. Both of the masts can be seen in silhouette. Visible in the right lower corner is part of the ship's bow and bow sprit. Scovile says this is an unusual photo because it is rare to see things far in the distance when underwater, and seeing and entire ship in Lake Ontario at this kind of depth is almost unheard of. It is also quite rare to find a ship with masts standing. The name of this ship, discovered near Oswego , is unknown. A picture of the ship's wheel from the unknown schooner discovered near Oswego . Visible to the right side of the wheel at the bottom of the picture is one of the windows of the pilot house.

This photo of the unknown schooner near Oswego shows the ship's tiller, which connects directly to the rudder. Behind the tiller is the stern railing along with one of the davits that would have held a small boat.  

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