Thanksgiving Weekend ~ October 2007

8 10 2007

Saturday, October 6th, 2007 ~Our friend Francois came up to visit for some diving fun on the long weekend, and we had packed up for Kingston. We were up and out early, and made it to Ktown by 9am. We loaded the boat, and off we went to the George T. Davie, and the Comet. The Davie is a steel barge, once used for carrying coal. It also has a lift boat just off of it, as well as a crane from another wreck in Brockville, called the Daryaw. It lays in approximately 90 feet, with a cold freakin’ thermocline right in the middle of the wreck, at exactly 81’… We had a most excellent dive on this wreck. There are cargo holds to dive through and alot to look at.

 

Bottom Time ~ 38 mins.
Water Temp. ~ 65
Max. Depth ~ 89′
Vis. ~ 20′ ~ Not as good as it usually is ~ a bit milky

The Comet ~ Beautiful wooden paddle wheeler, which unfortunately, I had to give a miss on this day.. pffttt… I love diving this wreck, but sadly I was green and very sick. I wish I could say that the waves were really bad, but they really weren’t. It was just one of those hit and miss days…sometimes I get sick on boats, sometimes I don’t. Stoopid seasick… I know I’m better off in the water, and really wanted to gear up, but my body didn’t make it. So.. Steve and Francois did have quite a nice dive on it!

We got back to the shop and met up with some friends, where they all had a go at me for puking… Ahh well.. it’s all good!

Steve and I at the debriefing…

We hung around with the NTD gang for lunch and laughs, then headed back home.

Sunday, October 7th, 2007 ~

We headed to Sharky’s for fills, then it was off to Buckingham, QC for a dip in the Back Mine. This place never ceases to amaze me ~ It’s a freakin’ beautiful place. The drive up there can be a little treacherous, as it’s a small dirt road, in the middle of nowhere, and is very narrow. There are a couple of signs on the way, that are a bit morbid, IMO…

It translates…”Beware of our children, they could be yours,” which is quite odd, seeing as it’s a pic of a kid laying contorted on the ground…

When we arrived, there were a myriad of Jeeps playing off-road games in the ditches. There was also a lone Tracker…

 

Ahhhhh…. the Back Mine….

 

Francois and Steve…

Steve and I…

 

It’s pretty dark in the Back Mine, as the cover on the top side keeps most of the sunlight away. I did manage to get one pic from under water…

 

Now, it’s pretty freakin’ cold up here, year round for that reason. I didn’t last long in the water, as I still have my leaky drysuit. There is often still ice covering this place in June! It’s an old flooded mine, that does have OW in the top bowl, as well as tunnels, with some old line run eons ago.

Bottom Time ~ 20 mins.
Water Temp. ~ 44
Max. Depth ~ 37′

Steve and Frankie went back in when I got out, and it was in the 30s below 100′.

I really hope my new drysuit gets here soon!!

I took this pic at the Back Mine and kinda liked it…

We packed up in the dark, took the ferry back to Ottawa, and went to Steve’s parents’ place for some turkey!!

Monday, October 8th, 2007 ~

Today, we slept in a bit… why not? It’s the long weekend! We finally got up, had some breaky, and headed off to Morrisburg. We had Francois’ zodiac, and were trying to decide whether we wanted to take it to a little island across the channel, for some investigative diving, or to just get in at the shore, and do a drift of the old lock system. There was a small town there, as well as old docks that were flooded, so there is alot to be found around there.

We opted for the Lock drift, as Francois hadn’t been there before.

There is alot of current at this site, as with any of the flooded lock systems in the St. Lawrence. It’s fun to drift with, but it sucks if you go against it. We hit a couple of back eddies, and did end up going against the current in a couple of spots. There are also walls that you have to go up and over, that threaten to topple you over if you aren’t ready for the current there. We decided after the dive, that it might be easier to go up and over the walls backwards, so we’ll have to try that next time… I managed to keep from somersaulting on this run…

It was a bit tough to get any decent pics. I did take some, but they were either blurry or dark.. or.. well.. just sucked..

Here are a couple of images of the old lock system anyway…

We had a great dive, and were very happy that the water temps. were warmer than the Back Mine!

Bottom Time ~ 73 mins.
Water Temp. ~ 65 and 70… there is no thermocline in the river, but there were parts where the water was warmer for some reason
Max. Depth ~ 35′
Vis. ~ 20′

I think I’m going to try for Ktown again next week. I hope my cookies stay in tact!

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