Olive BranchOntario

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

Built at Picton in Ontario, the two masts schooner sank during a storm in September 1888. Its five crew members and its coal cargo sank with it.

Still in good condition, the Olive Branch is very attractive. The hull, the rudder, the anchor, the mast, the engine and many small artefacts spreaded out around makes the wreck quite popular. While still intact, the mast and the crow’s nest felt on the star board side.

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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130′Cabine & habitatYou make the entry from behind the dive shop. You make a surface swim and descend along the buoy line.
222′Echo The wreck is located at about half a mile of Gull bar near False Duck Island.
318′Banshee The wreck lies between Timber Island and Duck Island not very far from the Echo.
440-50′Florence A about 300′ off Timber Island.
567-78′Annie Falconer The wreck lies at 1.5 mile norht of False Duck Island.
6102′Kattie Eccle The wreck lies to the northeast of False Duck Island.
7104′China The wreck lies to the northeast of False Duck Island.
8106′Alberta The wreck lies opposite Prinyer’s Cove, East of Picton.
955′Fabiola The wreck lies to the Southeast corner of False Duck Island.
1045-82′ManolaThe wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
1190-101′Olive Branch The wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
12105′Oliver Mowat The wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
1320′John RandallThe wreck lies in the School House Bay of Main Duck Island.
1443′Atlasco The wreck lies South Ostrander Point, near Point Traverse.
15105′R.H. Rae The wreck lies South of Point Traverse.

Driving directions

From hightway 401, take one of the exits from 522 up to 566 and take a South direction toward Picton, follow the road signs.

To get to the Ducks Dive shop

From Picton, heading South take road 8, then take road 17. At the end, turn left on road 16. At the end, turn right on road 13. Follow up to the dive shop which will be on the left side (a dive flag can be seen).

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Ducks Dive  Point Traverse RR#3
613 476-3764 boat charter, air, rentals (call before), cottage rentals
Archives and Collections Society  2, Gladstone Ave,
613 476-1177 maritime history and conservation
Mariners Park Museum  Road 10 & 13 junction,
  maritime museum

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