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Georgian Adventure Dive Charters
Balm Beach, Ontario  L0L 2J0
Dive Instructor - Mario Galluzzo
(705)361-3751

Equipment Rentals, Sales, Service and Dive Instruction
$40.00 /tank dive
min 4 divers / charter

               This is a great dive location for all divers and photographers,  excellent visibilities 
               are the norm on
these shallow but exciting wrecks,
and the sights of Georgian Bay  
               Islands National Park.

The Mapledawn - Steel Bulk Carrier
Lottie Wolfe - Schooner
Michigan - Lifting Barge
Thomas Cranage - Lakes Longest Wooden Steamer
Marquette - Schooner - Most Intact of Area Wrecks
Western Islands - Dive On a Lighthouse!


               Lottie Wolf
               Lottie Wolf - Built in 1866 as a three masted schooner. She was lost on Oct 16, 1891
               heading for Midland a
major grain rail head at the time, with 21,000 bushels of corn. 
               The 126 foot schooner broke up in gale
force seas in shallow water. Just of the Hope 
               Island Lighthouse. Today the ship is broken up in twenty feet
of water.

               Michigan
               The Michigan was built in Bay City, Michigan in 1890 as a railroad car ferry. She was
               converted to a barge
in 1924 with the removal of her engines. The 297 foot Michigan 
               was engaged in removing the grain from the
stranded Riverton at Hope Island in Nov
               1943, when she was blown into the shallows by high winds. Today,
the wreck lies in 
               20 feet of water with much machinery and metalwork to view. The key feature of the
               Michigan are the massive lifting winches and gears on her collapsed deck, the larger
               of these gears are
over 10' in diameter.

               Thomas Cranage
               The Thomas Cranage the longest wooden steamer to be built on the Great Lakes 
               began life in Michigan in
1893. This 305 foot vessel ran aground Sept 25, 1911. The
               cargo of grain was removed, but the storms broke
up the steamer. Today the 
               scattered remains are found in 15-55 feet of water straddling Watchers Reef about
2
               kilometers north of Hope Island. The largest portion of the wreck is the bottom of the
               hull in the
shallow waters where she ran aground. All of the larger machinery was 
               salvaged at the time of the disaster,
including the engine. On the north side of the reef
               at depths approaching 55' lays the bulk of the Cranage,
blown there by over 80 years 
               of storms and ice. Other wrecks in the area include the Plucky, Saucy Jim and
the
               Wawinet.  Located a few miles to the north in the mouth of the Musquash River reside 
               the remains of the
schooners Wales, Ottawa, Ontario, and the Chippawa.   Abandoned
               in protected waters after the demise of the
local logging industry.

               Marquette
               In the fall of 1972 a local Live Aboard dive charter operator acquired the short term
               use of a relatively
new invention, a side scan sonar. The goal was to locate the wreck
               of the Schooner Imperial to offer a
deeper dive to his customers. In the 1880's the
               Imperial hit a submerged rock near the Western Islands,
severely damaged the 
               Captain attempted to make for Penetagusiene for repairs, but didn't make it. Sinking 
               in deep water somewhere on a direct line between the Western Islands and Hope
               Island Passage (Between Hope
Island and Watchers Reef). The Imperial has yet to be
               discovered. 
Approaching the search area while calibrating the device the Marquette
               was discovered.  At first called the
Imperial, later when the dimensions didn't match,
               the wreck became known as the Hope Island Wreck or the
Hope Island Mystery 
               Wreck. After several years of research the Hope Island wreck was identified as the 
               Marquette. Sank in 1867, damaged in a storm, dropped anchor on the lea side of
               Hope Island to make some
repairs.   A sudden wind shift caught the crew off guard, 
               finishing off the job the storm had begun, sending
the schooner to the sandy bottom
               at 35ft. 
The Marquette is currently the most intact of the areas wooden wrecks.
               Was also subject of the "Marquette
Challenge",  a local televised project where the 
               wreck was resurveyed by a group of disabled divers.

               Western Islands
               Located a few miles West of Hope Island sits a circle of treeless granite rocks
               covering the area about the
size of a city block, the tops of which are less then a 
               dozen feet above the water level. On the southern
most of these rocks sits an 
               unmanned lighthouse. This is currently the 3rd lighthouse to stand at this
spot.
               It's 2 predecessors along with the lighthouse keepers homes and personal effects 
               can still be viewed
by diving directly off the current lighthouse. The most noticeable 
               are the remains of what must have been a
very extensive collection of "78's".
               Maximum depth is unknown, it's a rather steep sloop, I have not gone
below 80' at
               this site and the slope was continuing at the same angle.


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