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Shipwrecks of Seneca Lake: A Community Briefing will cover underwater survey of Seneca Lake

The Friends of the Three Bears, in partnership with the Romulus Historical Society, will host Shipwrecks of Seneca Lake: A Community Briefing at the historic Three Bears Complex on Wednesday, August 4 at 6pm.

Art Cohn, Director emeritus of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, will present a community briefing to provide a preliminary report of the underwater survey of Seneca Lake. In 2018, in conjunction with the Romulus Historical Society, Art led the first systematic investigation for sunken vessels in Seneca Lake. The Society inspired the team with a search for the canal boat “Frank Bowley” which sank in a storm off a nearby shore in 1869. The boat was constructed in 1864 and first captained by Mrs. M.A. Bowley, one of the few canal boats documented as being mastered by a woman. After being sold and used to ship coal on Seneca Lake, the boat was lost November 1869.

Arthur B. Cohn of Ferrisburgh, Vermont is a professional diver, historian and educator and advocate for the preservation of historical shipwrecks. His is internationally recognized for his outstanding research on the maritime history of Lake Champlain. He led the efforts for the construction of the replica 1860s sailing ship, the “Lois McClure.”

“Shipwreck of Seneca Lake: A Community Briefing,” will be held at the historic Seneca County Courthouse Complex in the village of Ovid. An outdoor presentation is planned and attendees should bring a chair; however, in the event of rain, the talk will take place in the courtroom on the second floor of Papa Bear.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Three Bears: or 315- 539-1614.