Dive site characteristics
The boat heads to the East direction over a distance of about 1-2km until you reach a buoy at about 500m of the North shore.
The descent is done by following the line until you reach 50-60’ deep. You may go to 100’ deep by following a slope on your left of the bottom. Watch your air (follow the rule of third). The current may vary as well as visibility but under 50’ it will be clearer.
It is quite interesting to see an abundant wildlife on that site.
First named Vigilan at the time of its construction, the boat was renamed Muscallonge a few years later. During all his service years, the "Muskie" was known to be the largest tow boat on the St.Lawrence. It is while towing a small boat, the Ajax, at midnight the crew members were surprised by a fire. Nine thousand gallons of brut petroleum wre on board at the time. The captain cut the lines with the Ajax in order to avoid to sink it. At 3:10am, the blaze was at its maximum. At 5:30 the four reservoirs exploded, throwing 80 feet flames into the air. All the 10 crew members were rescued by the Ajax.
Underwater, we can see clearly that the "Muskie" perished after a fire. There is only a small portion of the wreck remaining. However, the boiler and the engines are still visibles. An abundant marine life is part of the charms of the wreck site.
Due to the depth, it is recommended to well plan the dive bottom time before the dive. The Manola is below the thermocline. There is no current on the site. 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.
Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.
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|1||20′||Molly’s Gut wrecks||On West side of Molly’s Gut Island. 3 shipwrecks to visit.|
|2||60′||Sam Cooke||On the West side of Battersby Island between Black Charlie Island and Picnic Island. A dive for advanced and trained diver in strong currents.|
|3||30-100′||Needles Eye Drift||Located between the mainland and Needle’s Eye Island, the dive is done from the boat from West to East near the shore at a depth of ~40’.|
|4||42-83′||Lillie Parsons||Located on the Northwest corner of Sparrow Island, descent along the anchor chain down to 40′ deep where the shipwreck is located. Normally, the visit is done by fist going left and coming back by the rear to the departure point. If you follow the mast, it goes deep to 100′. It is important to grip to the chain during the descent as well as the ascent. Instead of doing the ascent on the chain, you can also terminated the dive by a drifting dive by maintaining a deep of ~40’ and do the ascent as soon as you see the plateau of the docking area. Watch boat navigation. From South-West side of the island toward South-East. Maintain a depth of 40′ and keeping near the shore. Make the ascent in the docking area.|
|5||90′||John B. King||Located West of Cockburn Island and at 80′ downstream from the "143A" flashing green light buoy. It is a dangerous dive on a twisted wreck. Current is strong and could take you into the deeper channel at 155′.|
|6||30-100′||MacDonald’s Point||MacDonald Point is a privately owned place. You get there by boat. A drift dive with important surface currents.|
|7||100′||Narrows Drift||Upstream of the Brockville waterfront. A drift dive within high current. A dive for advanced divers. Avoid drifting downstream from Royal Island.|
|8||55′-60'||Motor vessel||Located at Smith Island drifting from South-East.|
|9||32′-82'||Two hulls||In front of the bandshell of Hardy Park of Brockville.|
|10||70′||Mahogany Launch||Located just off the "Sabre Jet" memorial on Blockhouse Island.|
|11||55-70′||Robert Gaskin||Located at 2500′ East of pier of Brockville. Descent along the buoy line down to the wreck 55′ deep. The visibility may vary during the season.|
|12||100′||Brockville Walls||Located at 3/4 mile East of Brockville (1.5 mile East of Blockhouse Island).|
|13||100′||Muscallonge||Located at 3/4 mile East of Brockville (1.5 mile East of Blockhouse Island). There is current while doing the descent. The descent is done by following the line down to a plateau at 50-60’ deep. You may go to 100′ deep by following the slope of the bottom. Watch your air (rule of thirds). This is not a dive for beginners. The visibility mays vary as well as the current.|
From highway 401, take exit 696 leading to Brockville. Turn left (heading South) on Steward bvld which after the railroad crossing becomes William Street. Follow up to King’s Street. Then turn right heading West up to River street. Watch for the St.Lawrence’s park signs.
Park your vehicule in the
St. Lawrence Park - Parc St-Laurent (not near the city boat ramp: the city exerts a gentle surveillance). If you use the service of a local dive operator, you may have to park somewhere else. Take appropriate information accordingly.
Carry your gear to the boat.
|ABUCS Scuba||12, Water Street East,
|charter, air, nitrox|
|Bottom Time Dive Charters||423, Curzlen Ave,
|boat charter, air, rentals (doc)|
|Sea’N Sky||14, Water St. West,
|boat charter, air, rentals|