• Charter Boat
  • 50ffw
  • 40ft length
  • Nine Mile Point, Simcoe Island, Lake Ontario
  • N 44’09.785 W 76’34.092

Around the year of Canada’s 100th birthday, a 40 ft wooden trawler hull was started in Shelborne, Nova Scotia, by Ken and Lois Jenkins of Port Credit, Ontario. They brought the partially-built hull to Port Credit and completed it in their back yard.
Launched in 1968, it was christened the Effie Mae. Around 1980, the Effie Mae became the first live-aboard dive charter boat in the Kingston area before changing hands in 1987 to Ted and Donna Walker. Sadly, Ken Jenkins succumbed to cancer the following year.
Ted and Donna started chartering out of Kingston and continued running the boat up to the 1992 season when Ted was transferred out west. Finding no suitable buyers and not wanting their beloved Effie broken up or just left to rot, they donated the hull to Preserve Our Wrecks Kingston for sinking as a dive site.
In the spring of 1993, they ran her for the last time to the Metal Craft Dry dock to be made ready for sinking. On Sunday October 17, 1993, twenty-five years from the date of her christening, the Effie Mae was put to rest beside one of the historic shipwrecks she had visited so many times before.
To-day, sitting upright beside the wreck of the schooner barge Aloha, she is an often-visited dive site. Local divers affectionately refer to the wreck of the “Effie” as “Ken’s wreck,” in honour of both Ken Jenkins who built her and Ken Mullens who did must of the work to sink the Effie for all to enjoy.

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