Locations/Kingston

Comet

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Type: Shipwreck (Paddle Wheeler)
Build: Wood
Location: Kingston
Nearest municipality: Kingston
Depth: 70+ feet (23+ meters)
Visibility: 20+ feet (10+ metres)
Approximate length: 174 feet (52.2 metres)
Built: 1848
Sunk: 1861
Access: Boat
Level: Intermediate


A sidewheel paddle wheeler, the "Comet" plied the waters between Hamilton and Quebec City. On the fateful day in May 1861, under the command of Capt. F. Patterson, she left Kingston Harbour for Hamilton. The day was progressing smoothly, until 10 miles out from Nine Mile Point. At that point the Comet and the schooner "Exchange" collided. The Comet was hit in her stern. Capt. Patterson, quickly turned his vessel about to try and head for the closest point of land Nine Mile Point. She sank within 2.5 kms. west of Nine Mile Pt.

Two lives were lost, as Mr. John Blake, and John McCarthy fell from the lifeboats.

The Comet is a favourite amongst divers. The farm machinery cargo is still on deck. While the paddlewheels are an impressive site, at almost 40 ft. in diameter. The boilers, rudder, winch, and engine, are quite visible.


Thanks to the Dolfin Divers of Oshawa, for retrieving this article from thier archives.

 
 
 
   

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