NY explorers find 1872 shipwreck of rare Great Lakes vessel

In this undated photo provided by Roger Pawlowski , the bow area and mast of the "Black Duck" is shown in 350 feet of water off Oswego, N.Y. Underwater explorers say they've found the 144-year-old Lake Ontario shipwreck of the rare sailing vessel that typically wasn't used on the Great Lakes. Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after initially coming across it using side-scan sonar in 350 feet of water off Oswego, NY. (Roger Pawlowski via AP)
In this undated photo provided by Roger Pawlowski , the bow area and mast of the "Black Duck" is shown in 350 feet of water off Oswego, N.Y. Underwater explorers say they've found the 144-year-old Lake Ontario shipwreck of the rare sailing vessel that typically wasn't used on the Great Lakes. Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after initially coming across it using side-scan sonar in 350 feet of water off Oswego, NY. (Roger Pawlowski via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Underwater explorers say they’ve found the 144-year-old Lake Ontario shipwreck of a rare sailing vessel that typically wasn’t used on the Great Lakes.

Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after initially coming across it using side-scan sonar in 350 feet of water off Oswego, New York.

The 51-foot-long, single-mast ship known as a scow-sloop sank during a gale while hauling goods in August 1872. The ship’s captain, his wife and a crewmember, the only people on board, all survived.

Kennard told The Associated Press that only a few of the flat-bottomed vessels sailed the Great Lakes. He says the Black Duck is believed to be the only fully intact scow-sloop to exist in the Great Lakes.