KEY STATS: Ship Type: Dreging Barge Lifespan: Built 1897 Sunk 1985 Length: Length 160 ft Depths: 110 ft Location: Near Pigeon Island, Lake Ontario, Canada GPS: N44.01.00 W76.36.23


Built in 1897, this iron hulled steamer named the Whitestar , was built for the Oakville Navigation company.The White Star was destined to ply the passenger route of Oakville, Toronto, Bronte and Hamilton area. While being tted during the summer of 1903 the White Star burned and was declared a total loss.

The insurance company refused to settle and she was abandoned until 1905 when she was once more purchased by the St. Lawrence and Ontario Navigation Company and rebuilt for service in Cornwall as a day boat once again pressed into passenger service except this time for short trips.

Again in 1926 she was gutted by re in Hamilton, then sold to John Solwards, who had her rebuilt as a coal barge. The White Star remained in this service for 13 years before being abandoned yet again. In 1949 here remains were purchased by the Simpson Sand Company and she was converted into a sand sucker and renamed the SM Douglas . The SM Douglas carried on the tradition started by the White Star and she was abandoned yet again in 1973, in Brockville. She had been reported as a dive site in the Brockville Narrows but in 1977 she was moved to Kingston to be used as a break wall. In 1985 the SM Douglas was finally towed out of Kingston harbour and scuttled by the MTO in deep water south off the Main Ducks islands. However bad weather and a sinking ship the line was cut and she sank north of the islands.

She was reloctated in 1997 by Spencer Shoniker, Rick Neilson and Willy Dempsey thinking they were diving the Tug Frontenac. Prior to being scuttled she was completely stripped. While the bow area and foredeck is mainly intact the main deck, crane and aft cabin and bridge were completely removed.

douglas.txt · Last modified: 2019/03/01 10:14 by tom
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