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

On April 30, 1980, the barge Munson, based at Belleville has just finished the work at Kingston for launch of the Minnedosa. At the time of leave for Belleville, the barge was leaking water and sank quickly in Lake Ontario.

No loss of life occured, but the cook who was preparing the the supper was not warned. He has able to get out while the barge was at a depth of 30 feet.

The Munson was found in 1980 but dived after its publication in Hydrographic Services maps.

The plate that was identifying the wreck was stolen in 1999 which launched the Bill 13 preventing sport diving on the wrecks in Ontario.

The Munson is rectangular wood barge having two levels with 3 pillars rising up to 60 feet.

After more than a century under water, the wreck is still in good condition. The site is well renown for the large number of objects that can been seen around the wreck. Tools, knifes, stove, ceramics, ustensiles, electric generator, tool bench are among the tools to see.

The depth, the bottom dive time and the cold are factors to take into consideration while planning the dive. A dive lamp is highly recommended to see all the details of the wreck.

Like all the shipwrecks in Ontario, the shipwreck is Ontario’s Goverment property and therefore it is stricly forbidden to take any objects.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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193-111′Munson 6 miles West of Kingston, just off Lemoine Point near the Kingston airport.
255′Effie Mae Off Nine Mile Point on Simcoe Island. Sunk by local divers near the Aloha.
355′Aloha Schooner barge sunk in 1917 off Mile Point, Simcoe Island, West of Kingston.
420′Horace Taber Three masted schooner barge sunk in 1917 off 9 Mile Point, Simcoe Island.
550′Dredge IslanderNear Snake Island. Location is indicative.
675′Dupoint Salvage ScowNear Snake Island. Location is indicative.
760′Schooner Barge AugustusNear Snake Island. Location is indicative.
865′K.P.H. wreck Wreck located near the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital (KPH).
9Portsmouth Olympic HarbourAt about 600′ (185m) from shore, you will find anchors on the first site and a Stacked hulls. Watch your air due to the distance to make in order to reach the site.
1030′HMS St.LawrenceShipwreck of 1812 located at wharf of Morton Street. At the right facing the lake, a bottling site and further on the right an old wharf.
1150′Museum WreckFacing the lake on the right of the parking lot, a bottling site can be visited. From the right corner of the parking lot, a old barge can be visited at a depth of 30′. From the left corner, a site of anchors can be visited at a depth of 35′. Near the shore from the parking lot, an old sunken wharf can be visited at a depth of 10 to 21′ deep.
12William IVAbandonned near Garden Island.
13HerculesFire destroyed at Garden Island.
14HighlanderFire destroyed at Garden Island.
15Hiram A. GalvinFire destroyed at Garden Island.
16D.D. GalvinFire destroyed at Garden Island.
1730′Prince Regent Located at Deadman Bay. Watch the intense boat traffic during summer.
1830′Psyche Located at Deadman Bay. Watch the intense boat traffic during summer.
1940-85′Wolfe Islander II 3 miles East of Kingston.

Driving directions

From highway 401, watch and take one of the exits 617 up to 619 leading to Kingston.

For help, use the city map of Kingston.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Divercity  Kingston 613 384-7074 charter
Northern Tech Diver  4052 Bath Rd
613 634-8135 dive shop, rentals, air & charter
Big Jims’ Dive Charters  4 Bishop St.,
613 389-4965 charter
Dive Kingston Ontario  4000 Bath Rd.,
613 321-6536 charter
Limestone Dive Center  61 Yonge St.,
613 547-3483
800 286-3483
adive shop, rentals, air & charter
Archives and Collections Society  2, Gladstone Ave,
613 476-1177 maritime history and conservation
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes  55 Ontario, Str,
613 542-2261 maritime museum

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