Shipwrecks in Tobermory
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Tobermory is home to over 20 shipwrecks! 

A variety of of underwater experiences are offered at Fathom Five National Marine Park, including some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in Canada.

Clear, clean water, submerged geological formations (cliffs, caves, overhangs) and over 20 historic shipwrecks offer a variety of underwater experiences. Everyone, from the novice snorkeller to the most advanced diving enthusiast, can find lots to explore and enjoy within the park.

Shipwrecks can be seen by diving, snorkeling, by boat or right from the harbour! 

Note: All divers planning to dive in Fathom Five, need to first obtain their dive tag by registering at the Park Visitor Centre . For more information on diver registration, click here .


Built: Southampton, Ontario, 1866
Depth: maximum 6 metres (20 feet)

This schooner was wrecked in October of 1871. The wreckage is badly broken up and spread over a large area.


Built: Port Robinson, Ontario, 1863
Length: 41.8 metres (137 feet)
Depth: maximum 3 metres (10 feet)

This schooner was wrecked on China Reef in November of 1883. The wreckage is badly broken with the main portion being close to shore.

Built: Kingston, Ontario, 1852
Length: 32.9 metres (108 feet)
Depth: 5 metres (15 feet)

This schooner was wrecked circa 1899, limited wreckage remaining. Items of note: heavy keelson and centreboard box, glacial scours and small fish. Suitable for novice divers and snorkelers.

John Walters

Built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1871
Length: 65.1 metres (213.7 feet)
Depth: maximum 10 metres (30 feet)

This Steamer was wrecked during a storm in November of 1901. In addition to the large amount of timber wreckage on site, look for the impressive boiler, anchor chain and rudder. Also note the interesting bedrock features. This dive is suitable for divers of all levels of diving experience and snorkelers.


Built: East Saginaw, Michigan, 1867
Length: 53.4 metres (175 feet, 3 inches)
Depth: 7 to 30 metres (25 to 95 feet)

The KING, a schooner/barge, was wrecked while under tow by the WETMORE in November of 1901. The second barge on tow, the BRUNETTE, was later salvaged. This site is good for advanced levels of experience. It is not recommended for novices or trainees.

Built: Marine City, Michigan, 1890
Length: 59.7 metres (196 feet)
Depth: maximum 8 metres (25 feet)

This steamer was wrecked during a storm in November of 1903. The wreckage is scattered, the main portion lies flat on the bottom (note the massive size of the timber used during construction). Excellent site for all levels of diving experience. The open conditions of this site require suitable weather.

Built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1863
Length: 42.5 metres (139 feet, 6 inches)
Depth: 7 to 30 metres (25 to 95 feet)

This schooner was wrecked during a storm in October of 1889. The bow portion, including the bowsprit can be found at the deeper depths and the anchors are located about 30 metres (100 feet) east of the main wreckage. Because of depth, this site is recommended to divers with advanced levels of experience only.

Built: Vermillion, Ohio, 1867
Length: 47.2 metres (154.7 feet)
Depth: 6 to 16 metres (20 to 50 feet)

The MINCH, a schooner, was driven onto the rocks in October of 1898. The wreckage is broken and spread over Tecumseh Cove, Cove Island. The main portion of wreckage is found close to shore near the head of the cove. Of note on this site is the fact that portions of two rudders can be found. The second rudder (situated west of the inner mooring buoy), is likely from the schooner Tecumseh, wrecked in this area in 1882). A good site for all levels of experience.

- barque

built: Kingston, Ontario, 1853
length: 40.1 metres (131.6 feet)
depth: maximum depth 37 metres (120 feet)

Foundered off Echo Island in October of1884, the barque wreck is in good condition. The bow section with bowsprit, windlass and anchors is particularly impressive.

This site is only recommended for advanced diving groups under the direction of a dive master. Strong currents may be encountered on this site and weather conditions play an important role.

Built: Kingston, Ontario, 1863
Length: 38.7metres (127 feet)
Depth: the major portion is at 28 metres (90 feet)

This schooner struck the rocks and broke up in October of 1900, leaving scattered wreckage in shallows; the main portion lies in deeper water.

Built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1870
Length: 66 metres (216.7 feet)
Depth: 18 to 46 metres (60 to 150 feet)

The ship struck the east side of Bears Rump Island in the fog and sank in June of 1904. The bow lies at about 18 metres (60 feet) while the stern is at up to 46 metres (150 feet). Suitable for highly advanced divers only.

Built: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, 1940
Length: 39.6 metres (132 feet)
Depth: maximum depth 16.5 metres (55 feet)

The Caroline Rose schooner was towed to Driftwood Cove on the Georgian Bay shore by a group of sport divers and sank as a dive site in late August of 1990. Located outside the park boundaries, there are a variety of tools and fittings on site.


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