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Christian Island, Georgian Bay

Type:     Shipwreck
Build:     1890
Location:     Christian Island, Georgian Bay, Canada
Depth:     30 feet
Built:     1890
Sunk:     1924
Length:     349 feet
Access:     boat
Level:     Beginner
Orientation:     Upright

Starting life as the Manola, her bow half sunk in Lake Ontario. A new bow half was built for the stern, and renamed the Mapledawn.

On Nov. 30. 1924 a winter storm gale stranded the Mapledawn, which was bound for Port McNichol with a cargo of barley on Christian Island. Two weeks of salvage recovered 75,000 bushels of barley, but the ship was declared a total loss. Some machinery was removed then but more of this wreck was raised for metal salvage to aid the World War II effort in 1942.

From time to time, a line is strung along the bottom to the propeller section, located apart from the wreck in slightly deeper water, the evidence of how a commercial transport became one of the top Ontario dive sites. If the line isn''t present, swim at about a 45 degree angle to the left, as the line of the wreck is behind you. Go over a hill of gravel and vis permitting (which it usually does), you should see the propeller section in about 35 feet

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