Coverage and photos by Boris Broz —
While uncovering and digging out for a condo construction in May 2015, workers found what is now confirmed as the original historic Queens Wharf. It was found at what was the old mouth of the Garrison Creek; less than 200 metres from Fort York. Construction crews found multiple shallow draft piers used both for military and merchant marine purposes.
While exploring a shipwreck there, historians found American coins and antique plates, It is surmised that the ship was jettisoned (and my pictures show holes in ships floorboards) by likely merchant marine/military to act as scaffolding in building the piers.
Based on the fact the this portion of the historic Queens Wharf was built in 1830 and this ship is younger than that; the shipwreck may be from the 1812 and used in the raids on Fort York (abandoned) or part of merchant marine and abandoned again and fell into disrepair to become foundation of pier.
More mysteries surround this archeological find
The shipwreck is going to Fort York to be studied and possibly reconstructed/preserved-clearly this seems to be a national historic treasure by them wishing to taking this boat into a National Historic site.
The bigger question is: now that the shipwreck has been moved, what other treasures are they going to find underneath the shipwreck and in the surrounding area? That’s because now the crews can start digging again.[su_slider source=”media: 128064,128065,128066,128067,128068,130285,130284″ limit=”25″ width=”500″ height=”260″ title=”no” autoplay=”4000″ class=”shipwreck”]