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Historic Shipwrecks of Lake Erie's Pelee Passage Area, Ontario Canada
This is but a small sampling of the shipwreck diving available in the Pelee Point area of Lake Erie. Dive centers and charters may be found in Lemmingtion, Kingston and Colchester. The shallow depths of the area allow for long bottom times.
- The George Stone was a wooden built steamer buit in 1893. Upbound with a load of coal, October 12, 1909, it ran into difficulties in a fierce storm. The vessel struck Grubb Reef, where it caught fire. Six crew members lost their lives in the wreck. Resting in 31 feet or water this large wreck is broken and scattered with a maximum relief of about 5 feet. Items of interest include the 12' propeller, a large boiler, engine cylinders, a hand cart, bilge pump, rudder and an ornate portion of a stove.
- The Clarion was an iron hull package freigh steamer with a wooden hull. Measuring 240.9'x36.1'x15.5' and built in 1881, she sank during a downbound voyage on December 8, 1909. Only 6 of the 21 crew members survived the ordeal. Today she rest in about 60 feet of water. The riveted iron hull is interesting and teh engine and boiler are present.
- Tasmania was the largest schooner on the lakes at the time of her launching. Originally named the James Couch, she measured 221'x35'x16'. Converted to barge service and renamed in 1890, she sank in a sudden severe storm in October of 1905. Artifacts of interest on the site include the iron ore cargo, a small donkey boiler, capstan and two enormous anchors. Resting in 40 feet of water, this wreck was dynamited as a hazard to navigation in 1906.
- M.I. Wilcox was built in 1868. A three masted schooner she measured 140'x27.6'x14'. She was caught at anchor by a storm May 8, 1906 and sank only a few yards offshore of Colchester. Resting in 22 feet of water this wreck is a treasure trove of artifacts. Items of interest include a donkey engine and boiler, an anchor, windlass, ships wheel, rudder, two winches, blocks, deadeyes and china.
- The Dominion was a steam dredge sank in a severe storm in late October, 1892. This wreck is an excellent site for divers interested in machinery. Items seen on the wreck include hand tools, table ware, steam engine, boiler, winches, windlass, dredge boom and a breass steam injector.
- The Willis was a typical wooden three masted schooner. Built in 1872 she measured 131.7'x27.9'x9'. Built in 1872 she sank the same year after being involved in a collision with the bark Elizabeth Jones. She sank within minutes, barely allowing her crew enough time to escape. Resting in 74 feet of water she is the most intact wreck in the area. The site holds deadeyes, blocks, a bilge pump, stearing gear, capstan, davits, portions of the masts, and a portion of the bowsprit.
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