Type: Shipwreck (two masted schooner)
Location: Point Traverse
Nearest municipality: Picton
Depth: 100 feet (33 meters)
Visibility: 20+ feet (7 metres)(depending on several facters, can be 40+)
Approximate length: 92 feet (30 metres)
This unsisured two masted schooner, was built in Picton, Ontario in 1871.
Operating as a barley carrier, she sank in a storm on Sept, 30 1880 near
Main Duck Island. All lives were lost .
This wrecks lies upright in roughly 100' of water. The
Olive Branch is a well preserved piece of history. Her masts have fallen
to the starboard side, with on of the crows nests remaining intact as well.
The steering wheel remains on the wreck, with all steering mechanisms in place.
On the bow of the ship you will find the anchors still locked in place, and the
bow sprit has fallen, from sinking or rot, I am unsure. There is rigging all
over the deck of this boat, with the large cables, deadeyes, and pulleys. There
is also a large windlass, a couple of pumps, a door, a capstan, and two
many other objects to mention.
The Olive Branch is one of my favorite ships to vist. When you hit the deck of
this magnificent ship, you feel as though you just took a journey back in time.
Visibility can range from 10 - 60 feet depending on the prior
weeks whether conditions. Cold is also a factor to take into consideration