Unidentified Schooner (Tiller)

  • Schooner
  • 110ffw 30m
  • 95ft Length
  • Port Dalhousie, Lake OntarioA
  • N43.14.734 W070.17.064

General History #

An unidentified Hull The “Tiller” wreck, was thought to be the “Henry Clay” for some time until it was disproved but is simply known as the “Tiller” because of the lack of a ship’s wheel as the ship was steered by a large wooden tiller at the stern of the vessel. As not much is known about the wreck, details of its origins and sinking are currently unknown. It does resemble work from ships built in the early 1800s, however, that is the extent of what we know.

3D Model by 3DShipwrecks.org #

The wreck itself is remarkably intact, listing at an angle on its starboard side. The two masts have fallen over and lay to one side. About one-half of the bowsprit remains, as well as much of the railing on the ship’s deck. The most remarked feature of the wreck is the large wooden tiller at the stern of the wreck. There are a number of open cargo hatches on the deck, which can easily be penetrated. Care must be taken not to disturb the silt and proper caution exercised for diving in an overhead environment if penetration is attempted.

The site itself can have variable visibility but typically is around 40-50 feet. At times, visibility has been 60 ft+ and at times measured in inches, but these are the extremes. Water temperatures generally don’t get warmer than the 50-degree range, and oftentimes in the low 40s and high 30s, even in the height of summer. As the wreck is in the open lake, caution must also be given to the wind conditions to attempt this wreck. 

2001 Photos James Pate CC #

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