Wrecks

One of the fresh water dive capitals of the world, over the past two centuries over 400 wrecks have slipped beneath the surface of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The list below, though by no means exhaustive, highlights some of the best wreck diving in Eastern Ontario.

The Cornwall

In the fall of 1989 a new discovery in this area proved to be one of the most historic of the early Canadian steamboats, the iron hulled side-wheeler Cornwall. The following is an article written for The Kingston Whig Standard by One of the people who located the wreck. Diver and marine historian: Rick Neilson. Launched in… Read more »

The Aloha / Effie Mae

In the fall of the year 1917 a schooner barge was being towed into Kingston’s harbour in the midst of a troublesome storm.. Heavily loaded with coal the old timbers, of a vessel built in the late 1800’s, could take no more and the Aloha was swallowed up by Lake Ontario’s fury.. The tow vessel… Read more »

Wolfe Islander II

A Collingwood Ship yard built The Ottawa Maybrook and a sister ship during the last days of World War II, they were originally designed as 206 ton, 164ft, class C Coastal Freighters. Built to be delivered to China as part of an aid package by the Canadian Government. The war ended, China fell to the… Read more »

The Munson

The Munson was a Belleville based steam powered dredge. In the year 1890 it was being towed back to Belleville after completing a job in Kingston by the Emma Munson. About a mile southeast of Collins Bay the vessel started to take on water and sank just off Lemoines Point. It sits upright in 112 feet… Read more »

The Comet

The Comet was built by a gentleman by the name of George Ault at Portsmouth village (which has since been swallowed up by the city of Kingston) in the year 1848. The ship was a steam driven side paddle wheeler of some 175 ft long 24 ft in breadth and 10 feet in depth. In 1851… Read more »

George A. Marsh

It was a beautiful 8th day of August in the year 1917. The George A. Marsh cleared American waters for the trip across the expanses of Lake Ontario. She was on her way to the picturesque city of Kingston with a load of much needed coal for the Rockwood Hospital. The Sowards Coal Company had… Read more »