At a condo development site in downtown Toronto, construction workers discovered what appears to be the oldest wreck ever found in the city: remnants of a 1830s schooner.
The ship’s 15-metre-long keel, the lower portions of its term and bow, and a section of the hull were found on a site on Queen’s Wharf Road, near Bathurst Street and Fork York Boulevard.
CTV News reported that archeologists had been monitoring the excavation since March, when excavators found evidence of a construction site dating back to the 1830s. Also found in the area were shoes, coins, cups, plates, and tools, all from the early 19th century.
According to BlogTO’s Chris Bateman, “The city stipulates that any new development on the old waterfront conduct an archaeological dig prior to construction.”
told the Toronto Star.“This is a very exciting discovery. It is not too often we come across (vessels) from 1830, particularly in landfill rather than the water,” historian and York University archivist Michael Moir Read More »from Condo developers dig up 19th century schooner in downtown Toronto