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1917: GERMANIC was the last wooden passenger ship built in Collingwood. It was completed there in 1899 and burned there, at the dock, on this date in 1917. The ship was part of Canada Steamship Lines at the time of loss. The hull settled on the bottom but was raised, towed towards Wasaga Beach, and run aground. The remains were torn apart for firewood during the Depression.


On 27 March 1841, BURLINGTON (wooden sidewheeler), 150 tons, built in 1837, at Oakville, Ontario) was destroyed by fire at Toronto, Ontario. Her hull was later recovered and the 98-foot, 3-mast schooner SCOTLAND was built on it in 1847, at Toronto.


On 23 March 1850, TROY (wooden side-wheel passenger/package freighter, 182 foot, 546 tons, built in 1845, at Maumee, Ohio) exploded and burned at Black Rock, New York. Up to 22 lives were lost. She was recovered and rebuilt the next year and lasted until 1860. 


March 22, 1885 - The Goodrich steamer MICHIGAN was crushed in heavy ice off Grand Haven, Michigan and sank. Captain Redmond Prindiville was in command, Joseph Russell was the first mate.


The sidewheeler NEW YORK was sold Canadian in 1877, hopefully at a bargain price, because when she was hauled out on the ways on 20 March 1878, at Rathburn's yard in Kingston, Ontario, to have her boiler removed, her decayed hull fell apart and could not be repaired. Her remains were burned to clear the ways. 


One of the things I did when I was teaching was to get my students out to a wreck for the final check out dive, Most of the time it was the ALOHA and EFFIE MAE, Down the line around the ALOHA over to the EFFIE and up the line almost every time. Once a student surprised me did the loop twice, my DM's were looking for me and her and headed west off the wreck to find a snorkel discarding place. :p If you are an active teaching Instructor this is one of the best opportunities for you to get your students that much better. 
One of the unidentified hulls located in the Amherst Island Graveyard. SARNOR

In 1880, the harbor tug GEORGE LAMONT sank with her crew of three off Pentwater, Michigan after being overcome by weather during a race with her rival, the harbor tug GEM. The LAMONT was the only steamer to disappear with all hands during the many races that took place among steamers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. 


In the early 2000s, Mike Ryan and Chris Carney discovered a few sites in the river after contacting a few fellow divers we did a no-intrusive survey on the barge. Most likely stored there and forgotten about as that was the practice of the day. But one of the largest of the three in the area. Here's an Ash Island Barge Site Map to assist you in diving her.
Unknown Barge - (KGH) in Lake Ontario.


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