Bootlegger cache in Lake Erie Shipwreck

Due to the fact I am taking my first trip this weekend as a New WAHD. And am going to stop at Lake Erie to do some Treasure Hunting on the way back, I thought I would put out this treasure Story that I found while looking in old archives of newspapers online.

The Boat contains a cargo of 300 cases of beer which if recovered intact could bring the lucky finders a small fortune. The beer bottles alone would be almost priceless.

And since it was a bootlegger boat, who know what else could be on board, so if your diving in Lake Erie and find a 35 foot boat, don’t be so quick to pass by it with out looking around first and making sure it not the.

Greg

Here is the copy from the Ohio newspaper

Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) (Elyria, Ohio) 24 Apr 1925 Fear Crew of Rum Runner Lost

(Elyria, Ohio) 24 Apr 1925 Fear Crew of Rum Runner Lost      Cleveland O., April 24 - With the finding of the body of George Knaggs, one of the members of the crew on board the Canadian launch Ada Maybelle, which cleared Port Stanley, Ont., Saturday bound for Cleveland with 300 cases of beer aboard, authorities today considered reports confirmed that the rum-runner went down in a storm on Lake Erie Monday with her crew of three Canadians and her supercargo, a Cleveland bootlegger.

      Knaggs’ body was picked up yesterday morning thirty miles northeast of Cleveland by the tug New York, of the Booth Fisheries Company, Cleveland, according to reports. He had died from exposure in the icy waters, it was believed. A life preserver, stamped with the name “Valkrie”, the former name of the Ada Maybelle, was strapped to his body.

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One Response to 'Bootlegger cache in Lake Erie Shipwreck'

  1. Katherine - June 2nd, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Hi I just ran across this while doing a search for “Port Stanley” Ada Belle. I thought you might get a kick out of know that George Knaggs was my paternal Great Uncle!


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