Dive the 'David W. Mills' Site
The 'David W. Mills' submerged Cultural preserve and dive site off of the shores of Oswego Harbor is one of the Best shallow water Diving and Snorkeling sites in the Great Lakes.
The ship was a Great Lakes 'Steam barge' cargo vessel typical of the late 19th. Century, and measured 202 feet by 34 feet by 13 feet.
Poor visibility and dense smog created by a forest fire in Canada caused the craft to hit the Ford Shoals on August 11, 1919, and a violent gale two months later broke the ship apart and sank her.
Divers, snorkelers, and boaters will find a Site marker located 4 1/2 mile West of the Oswego lighthouse, 1/2 mile off shore, and halfway between the Ford Shoal buoy (G"7") and Lake shoreline.
An excellent guide for diving at the 'David W. Mills' site, Prepared by the Oswego Maritime Foundation, can be downloaded from the NY Seaway Trail's website Here.
(photo courtesy of Phil Church, The Oswego Maritime Foundation)
Additional Reading about Lake Ontario Wrecks, including sunken ships in the Oswego River south of Town, can be found on the interesting website Shipwreck World.
< the Canadian Steamer Roberval, was struck and sunk by a rouge wave in 1916.
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