Conestoga (ship)

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United States
Name: Conestoga
Builder: Quale & Son, Cleveland
Launched: July 6, 1878
Fate: Sank May 22, 1922
General characteristics
Class and type: Iron clad wooden steam freighter
Tonnage: 1,226 gross tons
Length: 253 ft (77 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Propulsion: Steam, steeple compound engine
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)

Conestoga was an iron-clad wooden steam freighter constructed in 1878. In 1922, Conestoga caught fire at Cardinal, Ontario and sank.


Conestoga was 253 feet (77 m) long with a beam of 36 feet (11 m) and a draft of 16 feet (4.9 m). Conestoga had a 16-foot (4.9 m) hold.[1]

Construction and career[edit]

The freighter was built in Cleveland, Ohio by Quale & Son for the Anchor Line of Erie, Pennsylvania. The vessel was launched on July 6, 1878. On May 22, 1922, while awaiting passage through the Galop Canal Lock 28 (Old Galop Canal), a fire started in Conestoga's engine room. The ship was flushed away from the lock and drifted downstream, where it burned to its waterline and sank. There was no loss of life and its cargo of 30,000 bushels of wheat was salvaged.

Conestoga is now a popular wreck dive where it sank in the Saint Lawrence River south of Cardinal, Ontario.[2] It rests at a depth of 22–25 feet (6.7–7.6 m) and is about 75 ft (23 m) from shore. The upper portion of the steeple engine protrudes above the river, marking the site.


  1. ^ "Conestoga". Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Conestoga". Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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Coordinates: 44°46′52″N 75°22′43″W / 44.7810°N 75.3785°W / 44.7810; -75.3785