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Olive Branch

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Type: Shipwreck (two masted schooner)
Build: Wood
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)
Built: 1871
Sunk: 1880
Access: Boat
Level: Advanced


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

Pictures of Olive Branch
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