Saturday, June 21st, 2014 ~
We didn’t have any GUE Ontario members that were able to join us, for the initial Project Baseline dive, so Steve and I went out in search of the best spot, for one of the stations. Our initial station will be on the bow of the Robert A. Gaskin. Our goals will be to monitor the deterioration of the wreck, as well as the water temperatures, visibility, and any obvious changes (eg. fish, eels).
The ship was originally launched in April, 1863, in Kingston, Ontario.
Since we were the only two divers, we decided to go for a scooter up the St. Lawrence River, and end up at the Gaskin, on our way back. Steve had the camera, in hand.
As we approached the Gaskin, the visibility was not the best. The camera would make it appear better than it was, but it was still tough to get shots, where the camera could focus very easily.
A few different angles:
Taken from 49′…
From above the deck, with the bow to the right…
Taken from 59′…
Water temperature: 60F (top to bottom)
Visibility: 25′ (a bit milky – camera makes it look clearer)
We have established a natural station, for the bow, and will do others on the aft starboard side, as well as the stern, where there is noticeable damage to the wreck. We did see a few small fish.
Project Baseline Dive #1 = Complete!