Great Lakes Wreckdiving
has so many wrecks it gets a page to itself.
In about 65' of water just off Humber Bay. Near enough to Toronto that
viz is limited especially after storms.
- Julia B. Merrill
Near the Sligo, usually done together if it's a day trip.
- Lyman Davis
Reputedly a "black wreck in black water", since it was burned as a
spectacle for the people of Toronto, and now lies in approximately
- The Wrecks of Long Point
Over the past several years, the incursion of Zebra Mussels has
greatly improved visibility and water quality in Lake Huron. Many
of the lake's wrecks lie around Long Point, a long sandspit stretching
much of the way across the middle of the lake. Near the point, silty
water abounds, and in the summer a layer of near-zero viz can lay on
top of crystal-clear water. Fishing nets are a hazard to avoid on most
of these wrecks.
This passenger steamer sunk many years ago with great loss of life just
off Long Point. It has been the subject of a long court battle, and
has been off limits to divers for quite some time, although recent
rumour claims it might be diveable again. Believed to be deeper than
A tugboat of about 80' length; most notable feature is that the wheelhouse
is offset to the port side, although this may have happened during the
sinking. Research indicates that a double crew of eight men were lost on
a "last voyage of the season" passage across the lake. When I first dove
this wreck, it was in pristine condition; apparently only three divers
had been there before. Depth around 165'.
- Mystery X, Mystery Y
A schooner known today only as the "Mystery X" lies off Long Point;
people who have been out there report two different depths, leading to
a belief there are two of them. The deeper one is at 190' to the mud.
The Persian burned before sinking, today lying almost undisturbed
in 196' of water; a 1997 expedition put the 3rd through 6th divers
ever on this wreck.
- Ohio, or The Arches
This wreck has prominent "hogging arches", looking almost like a
bridge on the bottom. Marine Archaeologists differ on whether this
is in fact the wreck of the Ohio or not.
A tug wreck in about 70'; proof at least one of these wrecks is
shallower than 130'. Actually, there are quite a number that are, but
the people I dive with have specialized in exploring the more
newly-discovered deeper wrecks.
A large wreck in Lake Huron, north of Sarnia, laying upside down. We
dove it on a charter out of Port Sanilac, Michigan, but I believe it's
in reach from Sarnia too. This one is on my to-go-back-to list.
has so many wrecks it gets a page to itself.
A fairly long, shallow wreck, big engines, signs the ship burned before
sinking. Lies east of the town of Little Current.
A long, deep wreck west of Little Current, north of Manitoulin. We
maxed at 115', and could maybe have gone deeper. This one needs
- Maple Dawn
A fairly large steel freighter, in shallow water at the south end of
Georgian Bay. During WWII, the
exposed part of the wreck was cut away as scrap to support the war
effort. Subsequently, the wreck was used by commercial diving students
to practise their underwater cutting and welding. It's hard to picture
what's left as a ship, but it does make a sort of adventure playground
for divers. Watch out for things that snag your gear. 30' dive.
The hull of a three-masted wooden ship (no masts anymore, but the
evidence is still visible) sitting upright on the bottom not far from
the Maple Dawn. Sunk in 1867, just as Canada was getting started. A
very popular dive. 38' max.
St. Lawrence River
Current can be very strong in the St. Lawrence, and the diver is advised
to be in good physical shape.
- Henry C. Daryaw
This steel ship is upside down on the bottom near Brockville, nose into
the current, in a bit of a valley. The bouy line goes to the rudder
pintles, and the dive plan is that you go down hand-over-hand, drop
into the lee of the wreck, work your way forward along the side of the
ship (we went to our left, or in other words the ship's starboard) to
the bow, staying low and out of the worst of the current. Once you get
to the bow, you swim quickly upwards, and let the current take you down
the length of the wreck. Stay centred over the keel as you go, and
grab that bouy line as you hit it. If you get blown off the wreck at
any point, they'll have to come pick you up quite a ways downstream.
91' max was logged here.
- Lillie Parsons
A wooden ship near Brockville; the dive plan here is to travel by boat
to the island nearest the wreck, tie up to the pier there, and lug your
gear across the island to the entrypoint, where an end of one of the
wreck's anchor chains has been brought ashore. Follow the chain down
to the wreck and explore. The current is quite strong here. When
you're done the dive, surface and follow the current back around the
island to the boat, exit and reload your gear. 68' dive.
Around the Great Lakes
Ships, Shipwrecks, and Wreck Preservation
Last modified 2004-11-17 by Anthony DeBoer.