KeystormOntario


Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Deep dive Drift dive
Conditions Visibility very restricted or null
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

The picture on the left shows where the entry point à ~60’ will conduct you. The central picture shows the wheel house. The picture on the right shows where the entry point at ~20’ will lead you.

From the quay, the boat has to go South (S-SE) in American waters ~1.5km away, past Grenadier Island. There are 2 buoys (black or red) which mark the location of the shipwreck. The 1st one allows diver to reach the bow within depth of 20’. The 2nd allows the diver to reach the central mast at 60’ deep.

At this location the boat may be attach to the buoy. Take note the american laws applies, the dive flag is mandatory.

The Keystorm had a short service life. Built in England in 1910 for a Montreal company, the ship was sailing in dense fog conditions when he hit a shoal. The pumps were activated immediately to delay as much as possible the sinking of the ship. It took 5 hours to sank which gave plenty of time to the 20 crew members to evacuate the ship.

The enquiry revealed that the captain and the officiers have been negligent during the sail, which caused the loss of the ship.

Its coal cargo was recuperated 9 years later.

The Keystorm is still in good condition. It sits on its starboard side. The bow is at 25 feet deep while the stern is at about 100 feet deep.

Divers of any certification levels can visit the site. The cabin can be seen at about 60 feet deep. At a lower depth, the holds the engines’ room can be seen. The propeller can be seen at 115 feet deep.

With proper equipment, training and experience, it is possible to do penetration dive around the bow and the stren.

There is a cavity where the anchor was and were now some air is trapped. It is not recommended to breath that air.

Low water current and a good visibility are generally the conditions on the site. A dive lamp is highly recommended to see the spots where natural lighting can`t strike.

The shipwreck offers a great deals of possibilities to different certification level of divers. A dive between 20 to 115’ deep is possible. This is a site I appreciated. Some has indicated an important deep water current.

Entry points


Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to dive with someone you knows the site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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130-100′Keystorm The descent may be done on one of the two lines one goes at 40′ and the other at 60′. The visibility may vary as well as the current.
236-75′American Watch your air, the passage of large boats and the current.
360′Indian Chief IslandsInformations to come.

Driving directions

From highway 401, watch and take exit 675 leading to
Thousand Islands Parkway - Promenade des Milles Îles. Follow the road for about 2 km. Follow the directions for Mallorytown Landing and then turn on your left when arrived. Park your vehicule in the parking of Park Canada (there is a fee). The shipwreck is located within 15 minutes from the boat ramp.


Do you know...

If you dive on an american wreck located on US territory coming from Canada by boat, you must first pass by the US customs located on Heart Island. Also, if you dive on wrecks located on Canadian territory coming from USA, you must pass by the Canadian Customs located at Rockport. On your return way, you must pass by the customs of the departure country. For more details consult the rules.

If you park your vehicule in the St.Lawrence National Park of Mallorytown Landing, you will have to fill a use permit form of Park Canada (fill all the necessary blanks including date, usually mark the amount for a parking which appears on the panel and make the total). Insert the amount in the envelope (cash only) and put it in the box, place the stub on your dash clearly visible (otherwise you could be fined).

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Douanes Can.
Cdn. Customs
Rockport, ON 613 659-3473 Customs from May 1st to OCt. 31 7days/wk
Operators of private vessels should must report on arrival to. Passengers must stay on board during the procedures.
Douanes E.U
US Customs
Alexandria Bay, NY 13640 315 482-5539 Customs operates from May 1st to OCt. 31 7days/wk
Operators of private vessels should must report arrival to: 800 827-2851. Passengers may get off during the procedures, but must stay on the wharf.
Rockport Dive Centre  31, Front Street,
Rockport
613 659-3471 air, rentals, charter, sales, repairs

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