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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. 

Well we were able to get TT2007 back in the water last night together. Craig, Mike and I meet at the highway 37 car pool and headed to Kingston to dive with Kingston Dive Charters. The consensus on the boat was do a shallower dive and have more time on the wreck. The Marsh seemed to fit that bill. 


It has been a weird year for thermoclines and visibility. We knew that the thermocline would be close to the top of the wreck but hoped it wouldn't be below the deck. We were fortunate that it was a little (few feet) above the deck. Didn't make for spectacular video or pictures but I did get a few that you can make out what we dove.


Dive Time: 57 minutes

Max Depth: 81'

Temperature: Mid 40's

Thanks to Harold from Kingston Dive Charters for taking us out last night.



It takes time to edit video. The pictures in the other post are unaltered or photoshopped. I'm not a great photographer but what I like is the video has the feel you are on the dive. This isn't a wreck that all divers will visit due to location, depth, temperature, skill etc.


I spent the day today editing the video and this is what I ended up with.

I had seen the post from Michael regarding the trip to the "deep" schooner a few weeks in advance. I had thought of going but was looking for a buddy to go with. Nice thing about the GUE training is that we can jump in the water with others trained in the system and everyone is on the same page.


We were supposed to load at 1pm but that was delayed until about 1:45 in that AGM was late with the first charter. With all gear loaded (the boat was comfortable with 8 divers gear we headed towards Point Traverse Once around the corner the lake was rougher. Initially we were wanting to hit the deeper two masted wreck but ended up deciding on the shallower one as Helen had already been to that one and we knew the coordinates would be bang on.


We came upon the coordinates, saw the wreck below (on the depth sounder) and threw the shotline. The line was off by about 150' an we had three on rebreather divers so they took a compass reading, decended the line and swam to the wreck.


There is a line on the wreck and it was shot to the surface. On the way down at about 100' we could see primary lights below. It was looking promising that we would have good vis. The lake has been wonkey this year for vis. We were not disappointed when we landed on her.  


We planned for a 25-30 minute bottom time with about 35 minutes of deco. I was wearing wetsuit gloves and was happy when someone else pulled out the thumb and we started to ascend. Here are a few pictures of the dive. Video will follow once edited.


Enjoy



There was talk of the RH Rae a few weeks ago online. I promised I would search my video and publish if I found it.


The Rae was the site of the death of a Cousteau diver Remy Galliano on one of the visits to the Great Lakes in the 1980s Here is a link that you can follow to read a little about it (you may need to click next to see the actual text about the death.


Remy Galliano Death

Remy Galliano Death 2


Tom probably has more information about this that he might add. NTD used to have a link which I found on scubaboard but is now inactive.


Amazingly I had actually already edited the video. It is a little long (sorry). The vis that day was amazing but it was a near night dive so the only light we had were the 21-watt cannister lights we had on our belts.


Here is a writeup about the Rae from the Niagra Divers Association

NDA RH RAE LINK


There is a block on the wreck so it had been visited on a fairly regular basis in the past at some time. I wouldn't trust the line at this point but it will be on our list to update in the future so the mooring can be used.


Hope you enjoy the video.

I had been out of the water for too long. 

It's hard to be motivated to dive when work, weather, light and time are working against you. Captain Steve sent me a text and wondered about a New Years day dive. I was reluctant when he sent the text as the temperature was -12c at my house. New Years Eve I checked the forecast and it looked like the temperature was going to cooperate (-2 to 0).


Got up, filled tanks and drove to Kingston to meet Steve. Don't know why diving seems to be a whole day event for such a small time in the water (left at 9:45 and back by about 4:00pm).


Entry was nice with the boats out as we could enter easy at the boat launch. The plan was to go out together on the scooters. Problem was vis was only about 5 feet due to all the rain that we had in December. 


Didn't see much and it was difficult to navigate the scooter with such low vis but I did get in the water. Steve had a flood on his suit as well so we cut the dive time short. 


Water temp was a balmy 37.9 degrees Celsius. 

I was in the water for about half an hour give or take.  

Max depth 22 feet


Happy New Year and Here is to great diving in 2019!