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The Marquette was discovered in 1972 while calibrating the sonar equipment to begin searching for the Imperial. It had sunk in 1867, after being damaged in a storm and dropping anchor on the lee side of Hope Island to make repairs. A sudden wind shift surprised the crew, finishing off the job the storm had begun, sending the schooner to the sandy bottom.
At 140ft, the Marquette is currently the most intact of the area's Schooner's and rests at a very comfortable diving depth of just 35ft. Because it is sheltered from the predominant Westerly winds it can be accessed by scuba divers and snorkelers on most days of the season.
BUILT IN 1890
On Nov. 30, 1924 the Mapledawn was lost in a snowstorm. During the reduced visibility of the storm, this dive-site-to-be ventured too close to shore. Hitting one of the vast submerged rocks in the area, a section of the stern with propeller and a portion of a propeller shaft was ripped off, flooding the engine room almost instantly. This section can be found just to the Northwest of the main body of the wreck: the location of the rudder is still unknown. Helpless without power or steerage and pushed by wind and waves, she was very soon hard aground. Two men made it to shore, hiked across the island to an Indian Reservation for help and all the crew were saved.
This site is exposed to prevailing westerly winds and due to an abundance of surrounding rocks the Mapledawn can only be approached for scuba diving on very calm days. This is truly a massive wreck to dive with plenty of interesting features.
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a day on the water.
Routine dive charters are scheduled throughout the season to accommodate divers wishing to explore our local shipwrecks, count the dives toward the PADI Advanced Open Water certification or specialty courses such as wreck or Enriched Air Nitrox. The cost for this two tank dive excursion is $150 pp, including the dive guide and $200 with full equipment, based on a minimum of 4 divers. The boat is very spacious and can accommodate up to 8 divers, has a head, oxygen, extensive safety gear, great NAV / COMS systems and a sturdy ladder. Please contact us to find out when our next charter is scheduled. Although, we try and aim to dive the Mapledawn - Marquette combo offering two completely different shallow wreck experiences, the wrecks we dive will be weather dependant.
At the Northern tip of the Bruce peninsula, Tobermory is the fresh water wreck diving capital of Canada. Over 20 shipwrecks lie within the Fathom Five National Marine Park offering a wide variety of shallow or deep dives. The water is extremely clear but due to its strong thermocline, a thick semi dry or dry suit is recommended.
Each summer we organize group trips to dive the many shipwrecks and caves. Divers must already be certified to sign up, but this is a great trip to earn the PADI Advanced Open Water certification or a PADI specialty rating. Please contact us for availability and to discuss course options.