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Diving the Wolfe Islander II, Kingston Ontario May 20, 2009

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log, Shipwrecks.
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The third dive of my one day trip to Kingston on July 5th, 2008 was on the Wolf Islander II. This wreck was the only one which was sunk intentionally, having served out its days as a ferry to Wolf Island. We observed its replacement, the Wolfe Islander III, on the same day and I hope I’m diving long enough to visit it also on the bottom (after a natural lifespan, of course!).

The wreck was somewhat shallower than the first two at a maximum depth of 76 feet, and the water was considerably warmer at 16C (65F) – almost bathtub temperature for we northerners. I was diving EAN36 to continue my Nitrox experience and also to minimize the Nitrogen exposure on a day with 3 relatively deep dives. The equivalent air depth was a fraction over 55 feet.

The dive is more fun that spectacular. The wreck is very clean, and we did some short penetrations without a line, never far from the line. On the deck there are various “artefacts”, including an old motorcycle, somewhat lighter for the buoyancy, where everyone likes to have their picture taken. This was one of the series lost in my hard disk crash so unfortunately, once again, no pictures. Fortunately, others have taken some fine pictures of the wreck.

After the dive I didn’t hang around for long as I had a 3 hour drive to get back home. 6 hours of driving and 3 dives made for a long but worthwhile day.

Speaking of long days, I haven’t been keeping this blog going very well lately. Aside from the pressures of work there’s the instructor course, spring (with its attendant household chores), and some fascinating but slightly mostly off-hours work testing a telephone switch for work. Fortunately though, as the diving season picks up, I’ll have plenty more to write about and no doubt some new photographs.

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