William JamiesonOntario

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 Deseronto in Ontario, the two masts schooner reached the respectable age of 45 years before sinking. Heading towards Oswego, New York, the schooner started to have a water leak. The crew had the time to abandon ship. The 350 tones of coal was completely lost. The Jamieson was one of last schooner to sail across the Lake Ontario in the years 1920

The wreck was found by three divers in 1963.

The Jamieson is still in good condition even if the bow collapsed. The capstan, a hoist, a pump and many other pieces can be seen.

It is highly recommended not to dive near the wreck to avoid lifting the silt during the dive reducing the visibility.

Due to the depth, it is recommended to well plan the dive bottom time before the dive. The Sheboyan is below the thermocline. A dive lamp is highly recommended to see all the details of the wreck. The visibility is sometimes quite exceptional on the site.

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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175′Glendora Located West of Amherst Island.
2Londonderry Dredge wrecked in 1969 at Upper Gap near Amherst Island. The ship was named Québec until 1929. This is a technical dive.
3Hilda of Montreal Wrecked at Upper Gap near Amherst Island. This is a technical dive.
475-80′William Jimieson Off the North shore of Amherst Island, West of Emerald.Approximately 1/4 mile (0.3km) West of the North end of Barry Point at Amherst Island.
50-120′Nicholsons PointFrom shore of Nicholsons Point near road 2. This is a public park, so be polite to the neighbours and enjoy.
890′SimlaShipwreck located East of Amherst Island.
975′Cornwall Sidewheel steamer located East of Amherst Island.
1075′Titanic Wreck marked with buoy East of Amherst Island.
1178′MapleglenLocated East of Amherst Island.
C60′Monkey WrenchWrecked in the Amherst Island graveyard near MapleGleen.
1290′Comet Sidewheel steamer located at 2 miles off Nine Mile Point, Simcoe Island.
1370′VarunaSmall passengers steam boat located East of Amherst Island.
1470-85′George A. Marsh Three-masted schooner located at 3 miles off Nine Mile Point, Simcoe Island.
1590-105′City of Sheyboygan Southwest of Amherst Island near Nut Island, West of Kingston.
1660′Queen Mary Near Amherst Island.

Driving directions

From highway 401, watch and take one of the exits 617 up to 619 leading to 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
Archives and Collections Society  2, Gladstone Ave,
613 476-1177 maritime history and conservation
Mariners Park Museum  Road 10 & 13 junction,
  maritime museum
Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes  55 Ontario St,
613 542-2261 maritime museum

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