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BIG, older wooden shipwrecks around Vancouver Island?

Discussion in 'U/W Archaeological Society of British Columbia' started by jwilliam, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. jwilliam

    jwilliam Solo Diver

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    Location: Kitchener
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    Hello all,

    I'm moving back to BC and have done a few dives in Tobermory and around southern Ontario. My favourite wreck so far is the James C. King in Fathom Five Marine Park, and I'm curious if there are any BIG old wooden wrecks that are worth seeing around Vancouver Island? I like schooners but would like to see others from the 1800s and earlier if they're still intact. I hear that the only wrecks that really survive the west coast's waters are more modern steel ships, however.

    Thanks!

    Jon
     
  2. cjfox

    cjfox Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria bc
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    The ironic fact is that above water, salt preserves wooden ships, and fresh water encourages rot, evidenced by all the old wooden fishing boats in BC still floating, but once underwater, fresh water preserves wood, but teredo worms in the ocean will reduce a wooden hull to nothing fairly quickly in salt water.
     

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