Fred Mercur, Ontario
Dive site characteristics
The dive has to be done from a boat. The boat must head toward Stanley Island on the West side. During summer (mostly) the dive site is located by a buoy. Be carefull the water level is sometime low and the bow may seen from the surface.
The water current has to be taken into account during the descent and ascent. A compass might be necessary depending of the visibility level. A dive lamp is sometimes necessary.
Built at Buffulo, the Fred Mercur was sailing under English flag up to the time of its sale to Canadian interests in 1919. The Fred Mercur has been destroyed by a fire. The whole crew has been saved by a village inhabitant aboard ot its canoe.
The stern lies in a few feet of water while the bow is in 45 feet of water. A large part of the ship is detached and lies at about 30 feet from the propeller. The hull is still intact and contains coal.
In 1984, a cargo ship did damaged largely the stern while dropping its anchor on it. A wall of clay is in line with a portion of the wreck where eels take refuge.
The current is sometimes strong and the visibility is average.
Like all the shipwrecks in Ontario, the shipwrecl is Ontario’s Goverment property and therefore it is stricly forbidden to take any objects.
Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to dive with someone knowing the site.
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|5-45′||Fred Mercur||Visibility can be reduced particularly is a diver stirs up the silt along the hull.|
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