Straubenzie
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Sir C.T. Van Straubenzie
LOCATION: Eastern Lake Erie off Long Point.
DIVE CHARTER: Osprey Dive Charters. Barcelona, NY
LIES: Upright on mud bottom. 
CONDITION: Bow/Stern Intact. Broken Midship.
DEPTH: 185'-200' [56-61m]
TYPE: Barquentine (Three mast).
BUILT: 1875 at St.  Catharines, Ontario, CA.
LOST: September 27, 1909 after collision with the passenger steamer, City of Erie.
CARGO: Ballast.
DIMENSIONS: 128' [39m] Length x 26' [8m] beam x 12' [4m] Draft.
NOTES:
Forward mast standing. Moderate zebra mussel infestation.  Bow sits well off of bottom. Deck is heavily silted. The bowsprit is broken, angling from bow down to bottom. A chain hangs from port rail extending to bowsprit. The bell is sitting on bow a top of the broken bowsprit. An anchor hangs on starboard rail. A second anchor lies on the bottom off of the starboard side.  Deck is collapsed just aft of bow deck. Adjacent to this collapse, along starboard side, is a vertical ship member draped in fishing net (probably a fallen section of mast embedded in bottom). Mid ship is heavily silted. Decking, hull ribs, and sections of rail are intertwined together. A large rain barrel exist mostly intact, full of silt on the port side. At the stern, a yawl boat rest, vertically (bow up, keel out) against the port side. The wheel remains in place and intact. Cabin is in place with roof collapsed, walls fallen outwards. Deck area here also heavily silted. Rudder appears to be completely submerged in bottom.  Remnants of modern dive mooring lines are littered over the starboard side at stern....

Very Rough Sketch of Site by Jack Papes
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