Adventurers Dive Log: Scuba Diving The George A. Marsh, Kingston

Diving on The George A. Marsh


Image of the "Wheel " by Doug Amos

The Three Masted Schooner was built in1882 and sank during a storm in the fall of 1917. The ship is 135' long and rests in 85' of water . Move the cursor over the following picture to locate photographs.

A Little History

Three masted schooner from Belleville Ont., loaded with 500 ton of coal, from Sodus NY destined for the Ontario Hospital sank Aug 8 1917 with the loss of twelve lives. Two people survived.

Deadeye image by Doug Amos

The Tour

Sitting upright, north to south, with the bow to the north, it is in excellent condition. Dishes, deadeyes, chains and lots more is there to be seen. The wheel is at the stern, along with the stove slightly forward. The masts are broken along the deck They were blown up as they stuck out of the water. The bow sprit is intact,
with lines running as if quietly awaiting an onshore breeze. A mooring line terminates on a block. From there a line runs ahead and slightly to the right. The bottom can be easily stirred up, tread lightly. Following the line will land you midship on the starboard side. Proceed along side the ship towards the bow (right). As the side of the ship begins to rise the bow sprint will come into view. Watch for chains hanging as bumping into these will usually create large clouds of silt. Turn, hover above the sprint and look back over the desolate remains of the schooner. Slowly swim straight back down the centre of the ship. You will pass over the twisted remains of the masts. Open holds of coal lie easily accessible, though the full load leaves little to penetrate. The stove will come into view as will the ships wheel. The ship has a beautifully shaped stern cutting sharply under. The port side, near the stern appears to have suffered damage. Large schools of fish frequent this site. Beautiful wreck !!

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