The dives we did from my boat “SeaView” to the Straubenzie were the first ever done on this now popular tech dive in Lake Erie. This wreck lays in 195 feet off the end of Long Point. Our dives, my video and John Veber’s photographs have aided in my identification of this wreck as being the Sir CT Van Straubenzie. I want to thank John Veber, Ray Stewart, Steve Brooks, Ed McLaughlin and several other divers for accompanying me to explore this and many other Long Point shipwrecks. It was an exhilarating experience for me and a time in life I will always cherish. The video presented was shot on Hi-8, not digital. Back then digitizing this video to small mpeg clips was quite tedious and not so presentable. Thanks to modern video codecs and Vimeo a clip 10 minutes long is much better.
I believe this first solo dive I did here in this video may have been the first time anyone had visited this wreck since it sank.
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1875, L. Shickluna, St. Catharines, Ont as a bark
Specs : 128x26x12, 317g/n
Date of loss : 1909, Sep 27
Place of loss : 8 mi off Long Point, Lake Erie
Type of loss : collision with Steamer “City of Erie”
Loss of life : 4
Carrying : in ballast
Detail : She collided with the steamer CITY OF ERIE at night and sank quickly.