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General Hunter Shipwreck


Discovery of the General Hunter Shipwreck made on the beach in Southampton in 2001

Low lake levels and a spring ice scour uncovered about a dozen ship frame tips.

General Hunter Shipwreck - Southampton, ON
Local residents Dunc McCallum, Ken Rothenberg, John Rigby and Mike Sterling take a look.
HMS General Hunter
HMS General Hunter captured by the U.S in the “Battle of Lake Erie” in 1813 and wrecked on Southampton Beach on August 19th, 1816.


Volunteers work hard to help excavate and find artifacts.

General Hunter Shipwreck, Southampton, ON - Excavation
Excavation – full hull


Artifacts from the HMS General Hunter are located in the Marine Gallery at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Center

General Hunter Shipwreck, Southampton, ON - Artifacts - Buttons
Royal Newfoundland Regiment and U.S. Infantry Buttons were found in the 2004 excavation between the frame of the ship.
General Hunter Shipwreck, Southampton, ON - Artifacts - Cannon
This 1.03 meter long 90 kg, iron swivel cannon was found beside the keelson in 2002 and restored by the Canadian Conservation Institute