Sunk on June 20Th 1932, this is not a shipwreck but, is a steel drilling barge that sunk due to an explosion on her and now rests in 75ft of water in the shipping lanes of the St. Lawrence Seaway. After following the marker buoy you come to a shoal after following the shoal you can reach the barge in 55ft of water, then continue to explore the rest of her upside down remains.
Photo Of Rich Micus VP
Of The Northeast Aquanauts Dive Club
Hanging Onto The Americas Anchor
NOTE.... This wreck always has a strong current present on her and this wreck is not for the beginner diver due to it being in the shipping lanes and her current but, it is a nice dive for those with the experience to dive her.
A.E. Vickery Shipwreck
Built in 1861 and launched on July 1861 at Three Mile Bay, NY as the J.B.Penfield she was later renamed The A.E.Vickery and is another favorite dive site in the area. This three masted schooner was over 136ft long, 26 ft wide she sits upright and intact right next to Rock Island Reef Light. Divers must note a very strong current on the surface and getting to the wreck requires divers to pull themselves down the mooring line staying low to the bottom of the shoal then, follow the shoal, dropping off it to the water grave ofthe Vickerys remains. The first time I dove her I was filming, this was no easy task while towing over $6500.00 of camera equipment and lighting. But, it was well worth the trip and we visit her every year now and she is one of My Favorites.
We could not find a actual photo so, we did find this underwater drawing to help you out plus photos of what she looks like on the bottom today....Enjoy!
This Below Pictures Of The A.E. Vickery Were Taken By Dennis Johnson In August Of 2004
The Islander wreck sits on 50 feet offshore from this building in Alexandra Bay. Photo by Dan Berg
side-wheel steamship is one of The Northeast Aquanaut Club Members favorite
shore dives. This wreck site is
located in Alexandria Bay, NY and ample parking can be found at the site, as
well as park benches for divers to gear up on. Some of The Islanders jobs before
her sinking was serving as a mail carrier and then taking people on river boat
September 16, 1909 while at dock the Islander caught fire and burned sending her
to the bottom. The wreck can
be reached in 15 ft of water and a diver will max out at 75 ft, she sits on a
slight angle and is a wonderful dive site. *
A must do dive while in the area*
I'm adding this next bit of information not to dwell on the death of a diver but, for someone to learn from this so, it does not repeat itself to another. This was an unnecessarydeath !
In July Of 2004 a diver lost his life on this relatively easy dive site. The diver was trying to find artifacts by using a (DPV) an underwater scooter. He was blowing holes under a part of the main wreckage. (look at photo1 above) You can clearly see the sediment against the wreckage and the angle the wreck sits at. This mud and silt was then removed from the starboard side of the wreckage taking away all support from that side of the wreck thus, weakening the wall of mud and debris that contoured that bank, using the (DPV).
The diver has now placed himself in an overhead environment under the wreckage and mud bank , in the hole he has made.
(Remember This Wreck Was Burnt To The Water Line) making the wood soft and unstable, now add all these factors together/
1-The removal of the wall of sediment (The Contoured Bottoms Mud Bank)
2- The removal of support from the main wreckage (The Sediment)
3- The fact that the ship was burnt to the waterline!
All of these things caused the bank wall and wreckage to cave in (Trapping the diver in his makeshift tomb)
An excerpt from our 2004 dive trip report....
My last day of diving ended on a somber note for me as I dove the Islander and came across the makeshift Shrine (I assumed) that was left for the diver that had lost his life on this wreck a few weeks ago. I swam past the spot where he was trapped by the Wreckage and wondered how many times had this guy dove this relatively shallow dive. Then a reality check hit me; the sport that I love (that we all love) can be a very unforgiving sport. All it takes is that one lapse of judgment.........Our hearts goes out to this divers family!!!
Rick Schwartz, Ed Slater, Mel Brenner and Steve Bielenda with bottles recovered from the area around the Islander Wreck.
The Keystorm is one of my favorite wrecks in the seaway, my friend & dive buddy Joe Radomski had told me of her for years and I just never got around to diving her till 2003. I have to say after diving her I was hooked on the shipwreck. This steel freighter lies west of Brockville and was built in 1908 in Wellsend, England she was 256 ft long, 43ft wide and was carrying 2230 tons of coal. On October 12,1912 and the ship only being 4 years old, she crossed over Outer Scow Island Shoal, after striking the shoal sank within minutes bringing her to its watery grave.
The wonderful thing about diving this wreck she offers divers of all experience levels a chance at diving her. Divers can reach her bow in 25ft of water and then following her down to the stern in 115ft of water.
From top left, Bridge Of The KeyStorm, Pic 2 Looking from her bow down to the bridge, Pic 3 the Missing Anchor & Anchor Chain ( I Swear We Don`t Have It ) LOL, Pic 4 Mr. Carlos Negron swimming to the pilots house, Pic 5 is ME with my hood mounted light and Yellow Dog hanging below me, Finally The VP Posing for the camera.
Above photos taken by Rich Micus.
( Off Clayton, New Yorks Waterfront )
The schooner The Maggie L was built in 1889 in Picton, Ontario by a well known ship builder in the area called Redmond. On June 1927 The Maggie L was struck by the steel freighter (possibly The Keyvive) during that collision The Maggie had her bow sheered right off her and she sunk quickly to a depth of 75ft.
This wreck is not one of the best the area has to offer but, has now created a legal battle for French Creek Marina & Northeast Aquanauts after members of The New York State Divers Association took a report posted by Captain Heinz Wahl & Myself on this very website and turned it into a three ring circus...............Black & White Photos Taken By Dennis Johnson August 2004
We first assumed that the anchor we saved from the bottom of the seaway might have been The Maggie's lost anchor. After retracting this statement realizing that the anchor could never have belonged to her. These local divers called the State of New York on us and stated we robbed an anchor from a historical wreck site in The St. Lawrence Seaway.
Nothing further from the truth could have been stated.
Divers might even find The New York State Divers Associations slogan funnier now that most of
Thanks To Rich Micus Underwater Photographer
Above Picture Is Of Gina Doing Her Deco Stop On "The Maggie L"
Great Lakes Shipwreck News & Rumor Fall 2003
By Brendon Baillod
In early 2003 the wreck of the 1889 three masted schooner Maggie L off Clayton, NY was damaged by a group of divers who removed the ship's anchor. The State of New York, who ostensibly has stewardship of the wreck, has yet to take any action.
Great Lakes Shipwreck News & Rumor Spring 2004
By Brendon Baillod
A correction to the last News & Rumor column is in order. It was inaccurately reported that divers had stolen an anchor from the schooner Maggie L. off Clayton, NY. The anchor in question did not come from the Maggie L. Her anchor was allegedly removed in 1973.
Northeast Aquanauts Thanks..... Brendon Baillod For His Updated Column
The Roy A. Jodrey was built in 1965 for the Canadian Algoma Central Railway. The boat was loaded with 20,000 tons of steel that was supposed to be delivered to the city of Detroit. On November 20, 1974, the ship hit a shallow in the Alexandria Bay that left such a tear in its keel that the boat rolled over on itself and sank in less than four hours.
The captain tried to shipwreck the boat south of the Island of Wellesley, but in vain. All 29 crewmembers survived.
In 1998, The United States Coast Guard supervised the salvage of eight oil barrels from the Jodrey. Suspected to be the key to several little mysteries in the Alexandria Bay in July 1998, the coast guard hired an underwater contractor to investigate the apparition of small rainbows above the wreck. On August 7, divers found eight barrels of oil on the stern at around 165 feet deep.
The Jodrey was a full size lake freighter (over 700 ft. long) it was also a self unloading freighter.
When you first come on to the wreck you are in awe of her sheer size.
Divers first descending onto the wreck come to a wall that she sits below, it then drops off almost vertically from 5 ft. to around 230+ ft. Upon reaching the wreck one of the first things to come into view is the bow railing and the wheel house and ships mast. The mast is at about 150 ft. , as you descend to the main deck it is aprox. 200 ft. There is plenty to see in the bow section it is also noted that the wreck sits on a 40 to 45 degree list to starboard. If you are so inclined you may travel along the port railing to a max depth of 211 ft. where about mid ship there is a fracture in the hull, as you continue along you will eventually reach the stern. Along this railing you are like a sail in the wind flying in a 3 to 4 knot current. In the bow section there is visible damage to the hull both from its collision with Pullman shoal and the damage caused by its sliding down the vertical wall.
This dive is not for the beginner the current on this wreck, plus the depths and cold bottom temps make this a technical dive only!
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