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Picton, Point Traverse

Type:     Shipwreck
Build:     1901
Location:     Picton, Point Traverse, Canada
Depth:     110 feet
Built:     1901
Sunk:     1929
Length:     89 feet
Access:     boat
Level:     Intermediate / Advanced
Orientation:     Upright

The story of the tug the "Frontenac" begins in 1900 when she was built by the Calvin Company of Garden Island. The Frontenac was owned for many years by the Donnely Wrecking Company of Kingston (from 1912-1929). The Donnely also owned the "William Johnson" a tug boat the club dove last year, which was very similar in design to the "Frontenac". The ship was sold to Sin-Mac Lines in the spring of 1929, which was to be her last year afloat.

On December 12, 1929 the "Frontenac" along with her sister tug the "Rival" were heading back to Kingston after doing some work at Main Duck Island to lighten some of the cargo from the freighter "Sarniadoc" which had run aground. As the two overloaded tugs headed back for port in Kingston, the weather turned quite rough and the "Frontenac" started taking on water. She was going down quickly but at the last minute, as she slipped under the waves, the crew was pulled to safety aboard the "Rival".

WARNING: Depth, Cold Water

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