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Rothesay

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1889
30 ft
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Launched February 2, 1867 at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, this twin side-wheeler was relocated to service the Montreal to Prescott run. It was on that run that she met her fate September, 2 1889 by colliding with the American tug "Myra." To add insult to injury, in 1901, a group from the Royal Military College, Kingston used this wreck for explosives practice which flattened her mid section, though stern and bow remain relatively intact. The rope from shore meets Rothesay about the midsection near the paddlewheels where you can still view the rocker arm and paddles outlined. The bottom here is firm with weed growth between Rothesay and the shore, however the site has little current and remains an enjoyable visit.

The wreck sits on a firm clay and weed-covered bottom. Her bow points upstream. Swimming towards the bow, you will encounter decking and the holds with firewood stacked inside. At the bow, you can view the chain locker and stem post. Over the bow is the undercut that resulted from the collision with the tug. Drifting back along the starboard side, the boiler, walking beam and collapsed side wheels are encountered. Over the stern is the rudder. Fishermen often troll through this area and snag on weeds and the wreck. Watch out for fishing line and remember to bring your dive knife.

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Rothesay