A sunken Canadian ship was found in Lake Ontario after 105 years.
The ship was sitting erect on the bottom of the lake, its masts extended as much as 100 feet upwards, its anchors were intact, and its wheel was intact but covered with barnacles. The riggings and sails, however, have long disintegrated.
The shipwreck was first discovered by Jim Kennard and his fellow enthusiasts in 2009 using side-scan sonar. Then, in July, they captured images using a robotic midget submarine.
How was the ship so well-preserved after 105 years?
When you have a temperature of, like, 39 degrees and you're at a depth where there's no wave action or current, the only thing that can damage the wood would be zebra or quagga mussels as they collect and grow in big clumps and fall off, Kennard told the Associated Press.
The Canadian ship, called Queen of Lakes, sunk amid stiff gale in November 1906 less than 10 miles from land, according to Shipwreckworld.com.
The boat was built in 1853 as a 2-mast ship and was originally named Robert Taylor. By 1864, it was renamed Queen of Lakes. In 1886, it was damaged and rebuilt as a 3-mast ship.
Below are photos and a video from the Queen of Lakes shipwreck, courtesy of Dan Scoville, Jim Kennard, and Chip Stevens.