Ohio Shipwrecks

Shipwrecked clock and lantern
May 12 - November 20

Map Room
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


As a Great Lake state, Ohio shares 312 miles of shoreline with Lake Erie. It is estimated that over 2,000 ships have been lost in Lake Erie alone, nearly 600 of which are believed to be in Ohio waters.


This National Museum of the Great Lakes temporary exhibit, located in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio will explore just a few of these shipwrecks that occurred in Lake Erie near and around the shores of our “Buckeye State”. 


Artifacts on display include weaponry from the Bradstreet Disaster of 1764.  Shipboard items from the sunken sail-yacht Idler are on loan from the collection of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo.  Spikes from Oliver Hazard Perry’s USS Niagara are on view through September.   


Shipwrecked artifacts in the exhibit are from the Admiral, Ashtabula, Bradstreet’s Disaster, Fannie L. Jones, Idler, John B. Lyon, John J. Barlum, USS Niagara, Two Fannies, and Valentine.  


Other ships mentioned are the Andrew B., Anthony Wayne, Cleveco, Dundee, La Jean Florin, Lake Serpent, Le Griffon and Marquette & Bessemer #2.


The exhibit presented by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, will be on public display through November 20, 2023 at the Ohio Statehouse.