The Saint Lawrence River (French: Fleuve Saint-Laurent; Tuscarora: Kahnawá ambkye; Mohawk: Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning “big waterway”) is a wide river in North America’s middle latitudes. The Saint Lawrence River flows approximately north-east, linking the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and forming the Great Lakes Basin’s main drainage outflow. It crosses Quebec and Ontario’s Canadian provinces and forms part of the international boundaries between Ontario, Canada, and New York State. This river is the foundation for the Saint Lawrence Seaway commercial. The Saint Lawrence River runs 3,058 kilometers from the farthest headwater to the mouth and 1,197 kilometers (743.8 mi) from Lake Ontario outflow.
The St Lawrence is not only known as the primary path from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, but it is also home to many shipwrecks that are known to many divers, including RMS Empress of Ireland, Lillie Parsons, SS Keystorm, Eastcliffe Hall, Conestoga and the Robert Gaskin to name just a handful. About 80 to 100 shipwrecks are registered, but it is believed that perhaps as many as 1,000 are yet undiscovered.
Save Ontario Shipwrecks (SOS) is a Provincial Heritage Organization in Ontario dedicated to studying, preserving and promoting the appreciation of Ontario’s marine heritage. SOS 1000 Thousand Chapter with 2 dozen volunteers added five more underwater sculptures lately to Canteen Park in Brockville for divers to enjoy.
Canteen Park is a place where you can train new divers, and these sculptures are threefold in service. Firstly, this provides a boost to diver’s tourism in Brockville, secondly, the sculptures help to keep shipwrecks vulnerable to inexperienced tourists / divers and thirdly, diving among the sculptures helps educate learners how to regulate flotations and how to handle currents before visiting the St Lawrence shipwrecks.
Perhaps one of these Brockville visitors / divers will discover that artifact to solve a different nautical mystery. We enjoy a nice tale for everyone!