Wolfe Islander II, Ontario
Dive site characteristics
Built during the second World War II, the Wolfe Islander II was to be delivered to China like a gift by the Government of Canada. China became communist and Canada decided to keep the Wolfe. It was used as a ferry boat for 30 years betwwen Kingston and Wolfe Island. It could carry 164 cars on its decks.
The ferry was sank to become an artificial reef for the pleasures of divers.
The Wolfe Islander II has a lot to offer. The wreck has been modified to make it more secure for the divers. The doors have been taken away and all the harzardeous places have been rearranged. Don’t be surprised to find a mortorcycle on the deck, golf balls and sticks, humoristics messages, etc. The Wolfe Islander II is a real playground for the divers.
There is no current on the dive site. The site is relatively easy for diving. The Wolfe is a site of a choice for the divers who want to try a new piece of equipment or to get trained to dive for a specific type of dives.
Like all the shipwrecks in Ontario, the shipwreck is Ontario’s Goverment property and therefore it is stricly forbidden to take any objects.
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|1||93-111′||Munson||6 miles West of Kingston, just off Lemoine Point near the Kingston airport.|
|2||55′||Effie Mae||Off Nine Mile Point on Simcoe Island. Sunk by local divers near the Aloha.|
|3||55′||Aloha||Schooner barge sunk in 1917 off Mile Point, Simcoe Island, West of Kingston.|
|4||20′||Horace Taber||Three masted schooner barge sunk in 1917 off 9 Mile Point, Simcoe Island.|
|5||50′||Dredge Islander||Near Snake Island. Location is indicative.|
|6||75′||Dupoint Salvage Scow||Near Snake Island. Location is indicative.|
|7||60′||Schooner Barge Augustus||Near Snake Island. Location is indicative.|
|8||65′||K.P.H. wreck||Wreck located near the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital (KPH).|
|9||Portsmouth Olympic Harbour||At 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.|
|10||30′||HMS St.Lawrence||Shipwreck 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.|
|11||50′||Museum Wreck||Facing 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.|
|12||William IV||Abandonned near Garden Island.|
|13||Hercules||Fire destroyed at Garden Island.|
|14||Highlander||Fire destroyed at Garden Island.|
|15||Hiram A. Galvin||Fire destroyed at Garden Island.|
|16||D.D. Galvin||Fire destroyed at Garden Island.|
|17||30′||Prince Regent||Located at Deadman Bay. Watch the intense boat traffic during summer.|
|18||30′||Psyche||Located at Deadman Bay. Watch the intense boat traffic during summer.|
|19||40-85′||Wolfe Islander II||3 miles East of Kingston.|
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.
|Northern Tech Diver||4052 Bath Rd
|613 634-8135||dive shop, rentals, air & charter|
|Big Jims’ Dive Charters||4 Bishop St.,
|Dive Kingston Ontario||4000 Bath Rd.,
|Limestone Dive Center||61 Yonge St.,
|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|