Come and explore the Wrecks of Picton!
City of Sheboygan
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1 - William Jamieson Depth: 75 feet
This Two masted Schooner was built 1878 and sunk 1923. The William Jamieson lies upright in 75ft of water in the North Channel The vessel is wooden-framed and planked. The bow has collapsed and is broken up forward of the anchor windlass, the stem assembly and bowsprit are no longer intact. Most of the hatches and hatch coamings are intact, and the holds of the hull are exposed. A capstan, steam winch, centreboard winch, pump, and numerous deadeyes rests along both the port and starboard cap rails.
2 - City of Sheboygan Depth: 95 feet
This 135'x27'x10', Three Masted Schooner was built in 1871. On Sept. 25, 1915 she sank in 95 ft of water. The schooner sank in a storm with her cargo of coal and the loss of 5 lives. She sits upright on a hard bottom in 100' of water off of Amherst Island and is very intact. Masts, rigging, blocks deadeyes etc. adorn this beautiful, well preserved wreck. Plaque, Broken Bow Sprit, Debris, Beautiful wreck !!
6 - Florence Depth: 30 feet
This steam tug sank on Nov. 14, 1933 in some 30' of water off Timber Island with no loss of life. Originally 102' x 19' x 13', her hull lies torn apart as her owners had tried to drag her to shore to salvage her engines. Intriguing rock formations and the fish that have made this wreck their home entertain many of the open water students who choose to dive her remains.
3 - Katie Eccles Depth: 102 feet
The small, graceful 122-ton schooner, Katie Eccles (95’ X 24’6” X 9’6”), was built in 1877 by William Jamieson at Mill Point (now Deseronto), Ontario. On November 26, 1922, the ship left Oswego, New York, with 300 tons of hard coal and made it to Timber Island without her rudder, which she lost outside of Oswego. After dropping the anchor, the crew rowed to Timber Island, but that night, the anchor chain cut through the vessel’s planking, and she foundered in deep water. The wreck is upright and intact.
4 - China Depth: 104 feet
The propeller driven steamer, China, was accidentally located in the 1970’s by divers seeking the schooner, Annie Falconer. This is a badly burnt, quiet wreck sitting in the deep, dark waters. This 130-foot long, 333-ton ship burnt to a complete loss in October 1872, the same year she was launched at Kingston. She carried a load of pig iron and general merchandise, and her explorable remains include a steeple compound engine, a boiler and a four bladed propeller. Take a dive light along as it gets dark down there.
5 - Annie Falconer Depth: 80 feet
Built in 1867, this two masted schooner foundered between False Duck & Timber Islands and sank on Nov. 12, 1904. 110'x24'x9', she lies in about 80' of water on a mud bottom. The stern, broken off, lies close to the main hull which itself is beginning to show signs of her age.
The Annie Falconer is a beautiful wreck with many details still in great shape. Not as deep as the Olive Branch which is just a few kilometres away, the conditions are otherwise virtually identical.
Having its stern ripped off and lying slightly to the starboard side. The wheel is still in place on the relocated section, which is quite intact.
Two massive anchors were ripping the ship apart for years and what was once a level decking at the front has now been wrenched wildly from the split at the tip of the bow. One of the anchors has mercifully fallen, but the other remains
Immediately after descending the line you will see two small plaques, the white one being a warning that the bow may collapse at any time and is a hazard to divers.
To commemorate the work that has been done on this ship and the lives that were lost on her, there is a sizeable granite memorial at the base of the bow on the port side. You will need to get quite close to be able to read the letters carved into the black stone face, but it is well worth the effort.
Despite the damage at the bow and stern this wreck is in very good condition and has several small artifacts that are easy to find. Much of her equipment can be found with the wreck eg. deadeyes, anchors, wheel, blocks, chain etc. Naturally, zebra mussels prevail, having improved the visibility but taken their toll by abscuring most of the ship's structure.
7 - Fabiola Depth: 55 feet
Built in 1852, this two masted schooner was 95' x 22' x 13'. Captain Danny Bates lost her on Oct. 23, 1900, just south of False Duck Island, on his way home from Oswego with a load of coal. No lives were lost. The hull sits upright in 55' of water on a silty bottom. Mostly intact, only a section of the stern is collapsed. The winch, pump, windlass, etc can be seen.
8 - Olive Branch Depth: 100 feet
This two masted schooner sank on the night of Sept. 30, 1880 near False Duck Island, taking the lives of the captain & crew. She rests in 100' of water near one of the Pennicons, sitting upright at the base of a shoal. This is a stunningly gorgeous wreck.
Intact, much of her equipment remains on board eg. deadeyes, wheel, anchor, blocks.
Deep enough to be cold and moderately dark, these are not things that should keep you from diving on her. Despite being on the bottom for nearly 120 years there are still artifacts to see on this wreck that would be almost unheard of anywhere in the world but in Canada. Thanks to the effort of groups like SOS (Save Ontario Shipwrecks) and POW (Preserve Our Wrecks) things have actually been returned to the wrecks they were taken from.
Descending the mooring line you will be greeted with a saucer as soon as you hit the deck. It's not a broken fraction of its former self, it is the complete, genuine article. Keep searching and you will find the sole of a shoe and iron next to it, a large anchor, masts on the starboard side in impecable shape, gorgeous ship's wheel still in position, and more.
9 - Manola Depth: 40-80 feet
The front half of this steel steamer foundered in a storm while under tow on December 3, 1918. Built in 1890, both sections of her hull were enroute to Montreal to be rejoined for World War I service. Eleven lives were lost. The bow section lies upside down in 40'-80' of water on the rocky floor of Lake Ontario.
10 - R.H. Rae Depth: 105 feet
This 137' 3-masted bark, built at St. Catherines, Ontario in 1857, capsized & sank during a white squall on Aug. 3, 1858, south of Pt. Traverse in 105' of water. An ornately-carved bow stem, hugh windlass, copper cappings on the bow, sampson and windlass posts, a pump, deck winch, deadeyes & more. Visibility can range from 50'-100', depending upon water conditions.
11 - Atlasco Depth: 45 feet
Wooden propeller - 218' x 33' x 13'. Built in 1881 as a package freighter, she was later converted to a bulk barge. She was downbound during a gale on August 17, 1921 with a cargo of wire cable when she went down in about 43' of water off the south shore of Pt. Traverse. All hands escaped safely in a lifeboat. View a ship's wheel, rudder, winch, 4 anchors, coils of wire cable etc.