Date/Time Date(s) - August/15/2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Humber Bay Park West
Weekly Toronto Charter
This is our weekly Tuesday evening dive charter. We run this June – September so you can sneak a couple dives into your week. We visit the wreck of the Lyman Davis and/or the Sligo. We can never guarantee which site we’ll be going to. It’ll depend on weather, water conditions and the experience level of the divers on the boat.
Price: $70 per diver
Where: Humber Bay Park West – meet at the boat launch (follow signs to boat launch when you enter the park)
When: 5:45pm load we try to leave the dock by 6pm. Back to the dock for around 9pm.
Call 905-883-3483 to book your spot.
The wreck of the Sligo – depth 70′
The Sligo was built in 1860 at Lewis Shicluna’s shipyards in St. Catharines, Ontario. Originally rigged as a three-masted barque and christened “the Prince of Wales”, the ship was built to work the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, venturing as far as Liverpool. In 1874, The Prince of Wales was rerigged as a fore-and-aft schooner and renamed Sligo. The schooner Sligo worked the Great Lakes until the early 1900’s when it was cut down to a towing barge.
In 1918, the Sligo was being towed through a storm by the tug “City of New York” bound for Hamilton. The ship took on water and the combined weight of water and 500 tons of limestone broke the towing line. The City of New York, also sinking, headed for land leaving the Sligo to her fate. The Sligo managed to enter Humber Bay and sank less than a mile from shore with no loss of life. The single remaining mast extended above water but was soon removed.
The wreck of the Lyman Davis – depth 130′
The “Dirty 30’s” touched just about every facet of life in North America, even managing to extend its reach into the realm of wreck diving. In the depression era people were so starved for entertainment they would pay to line up along the Toronto shoreline and watch as an old ship, well past its prime, was set ablaze with some dynamite and a few fireworks (not that people today would likely be any different). This is how the Lyman M. Davis met its fate as as part of Toronto’s centennial celebrations, and now rests not far from the current CNE grounds.