The wreck of a Civil War-era steamship that was intentionally blown up on Seneca Lake more than a century ago has been found, two Rochester-area engineers-turned-explorers said Tuesday.
Jim Kennard, of Perinton, and Roger Pawlowski, of Gates, said they confirmed last week that the wreckage at the bottom of Seneca Lake is that of the Onondaga, a 175-foot paddle-wheeler that hauled freight and passengers.
In September 1898, the 38-year-old ship had outlived its usefulness and its owners decided to blow it up as a public spectacle.
Kennard said the wreck lies in 400 feet of water in the middle of the lake off Kashong Point, on the western shore 8 miles south of Geneva.
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