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Tom Founder

1921: The 3-masted schooner OLIVER MOWAT sinks in Lake Ontario between the Main Duck and False Duck Islands after a collision with KEYWEST on a clear night. Three lives were lost while another 2 sailors were rescued from the coal-laden schooner. 


Site Map of the OLIVER MOWAT

Shotline Divings Photos of theOLIVER MOWAT



Tom 12 hours ago
Tom Founder

On September 18,1679, GRIFFON, the first sailing ship on the upper Lakes, left Green Bay with a cargo of furs. She left the explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, behind. GRIFFON never reached her planned destination. 


Tom Sep 18
Tom Founder

On September 17, 1898, KEEPSAKE (2-mast wooden schooner, 183 foot, 286 gross tons, built in 1867, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was carrying coal from Ashtabula when she was struck by a terrible storm on Lake Erie. Her rudder was damaged, a sail torn away and her bulwarks were smashed. The CITY OF ERIE saw her distress signals at 3:30 a.m. and came to help. With the CITY OF ERIE's searchlight shining on the doomed schooner, a huge wave swept over the vessel taking away everything on deck and snapping both masts. The crew, some only half dressed, all managed to get into the lifeboat. They rowed to the CITY OF ERIE and were all rescued. Three days later, the other lifeboat and some wreckage from the KEEPSAKE were found near Ashtabula by some fishermen. 


Tom Sep 17
Tom Founder

1892 The wooden propeller VIENNA sank in foggy Whitefish Bay after beiing hit broadside by the wooden steamer NIPIGON. The latter survived and later worked for Canada Steamship Lines as b) MAPLEGRANGE and c) MAPLEHILL (i) but was laid up at Kingston in 1925 and scuttled in Lake Ontario in 1927. 


Tom Sep 16
Tom Founder

1928: MANASOO, in only her first season of service after being rebuilt for overnight passenger and freight service, foundered in Georgian Bay after the cargo shifted and the vessel overturned in heavy weather. There were 18 casualties, plus 46 head of cattle, and only 5 survived. 


Tom Sep 15
Tom Founder

The steamer ASIA sank in a storm off Byng Inlet on Georgian Bay September 14, 1882. Over 100 people lost their lives with only two people, a man and a woman, rescued. ASIA was built in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1873, and was bound from Collingwood, Ontario, to the French River and Canadian Sault. 


Tom Sep 14
Tom Founder

1889: ROTHESAY, a wooden sidewheel passenger vessel, collided with the tug MYRA in the St. Lawrence between Kingston and Prescott. The latter sank with the loss of 2 lives. The former was beached on the Canadian shore where it settled and was abandoned. The wreck was dynamited in 1901 and part of it remains on the bottom in 35 feet of water. 

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Tom Sep 12
Tom Founder

On 10 September 1909, COLUMBUS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136 foot, 439 gross tons, built in 1874, as the tug JOHN OWEN) burned to a total loss at her dock at Gargantua, Ontario, in Lake Superior. She was cut loose and allowed to drift out into the bay where she sank. The top of her engine reportedly still shows above the water.


Tom Sep 10
Corey Phillips Founder


As much as I hate it the dive season in Ontario is on the 2nd half, it won't be long, time will go quickly and the water will get hard. Vacation is over as well so diving is more limited to once a week and a dive on the weekend.


I was hoping to get out on Saturday so I put some feelers out to see who was interested and then went searching to see who was running charters. Helen got back to me and said she wanted to search for some of the wrecks that she wasn't going to yet - this wasn't going to be a "charter" so I entheusiastically said yes. The dive boat now has working bottom finder along with GPS. GPS is nearly impossible to get yourself on the wreck the first time without being able to see what is there as well. This was looking up to get on a new to me wreck


Mike was able to go but Craig had plans already. Wapoos always means an early departure time from home. Went to pick up Mike and we were there shortly after 8:00am.


We had to plan the day with the probablity of the winds picking up. We decided to try the Fabiola first.


We found her pretty quickly, put the shotline in and proceded to decend down the line. Vis was maybe 6 feet so I put a 70' spool out trying to find the Fabiola. No luck. I went back to the boat and picked up my 400' reel. If we don't find it this time we aren't in the right area. I had to string about 150' of line but we arrived on the starboard stern side. Got some video which you will see below.


I wanted to do the Atlasco as well. It is a wire barge that is south of Ostrander point in PEC. We had two sets of coordinates - one set put us in 15 feet of water and the other set 75-80'. The Atlasco sits in 45' so on our way back we followed along the shore in approx 45' but didn't get any blips.


We did hit coordinates for the RH Rae. We saw here below on the fish finder and threw the shotline but the seas were building so we called off the dive on the Rae. We had a time to even get the shotline back. Sometimes you have to call a dive.


At that point we headed back to Wapoos and called it a day.


Sorry the vis is really bad on the video, not one of my best... It still amazes me that the camera captures better vis than it actually was. I did the whole video at 2x speed as well to show as much as possible. Hopefully nobody gets motion sickness. 

Tom Founder

On 09 September 1889, the FOLGER (wooden propeller wrecking tug, 69 foot, 64 gross tons, built in 1881, at Kingston, Ontario) was sailing upbound past St. Clair, Michigan when fire was discovered in her engine room. Her wheelsman stuck to his post as long as possible, trying to beach her at Courtright, Ontario, but the flames engulfed the vessel and all hands had to abandon her. 


Tom Sep 9
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