George A. Marsh, Ontario
Dive site characteristics
The George A. Marsh is a three masts schooner used for cargo transport up to its sale in 1914. The new owner used it for coal cargo transport. This new function last 3 years.
Early on the morning of Auguest 8th 1917, the Marsh was cought by a storm while carrying a full load of coal for the Kingston Hospital. At around midnight, the Marsh was leaking water started to sank. The captain Smith, his wife, their 5 childreen, a deck man, a sailor and his wife and their baby and a young nephew lost their lives. The only survivors were the captain’s brother and a deck man.
The wreck was found on October 1967 by three divers.
The Marsh has well preserved over time. Contrary of many other wrecks, the bowsprit is nearly perfect, and complete with its chains still in place.
Due to the depth, it is recommended to well plan the dive bottom time before the dive. The Marsh is below the thermocline. The wreck is covered is a light silt, it is mandatroy of have a good boyancy.
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 dive with someone you knows the site.
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From highway 401,watch and take ont of the exit 617 to 619 leading to Kingston. Take the ferry boat toward Wolfe Island. Once arrived à Marysvill take road 96 heading West. Take then the ferry toward Simcoe Island. The traject may be different according to your charter.