The Wreck of the Connestoga
This ship was a 2,008 ton double planked propeller of 252 ft. x 36 ft. x 16 ft. deep and capable of 8 knots. Launched July 6, 1878 she sank May 22, 1922. The bow is upstream and near shore with the vessel angled out into the river. Conestoga lies at about a 30 ft. depth with a quick current, but by swimming inside the hull you escape this current for most of your dive. Conestoga has been used by many visitors as their site for night diving. Conestoga lies along side side the old canal south wall, a short distance upstream (west) from Cardinal, Ontario. Cardinal is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence river and only a few miles east of the Ogdensburg, New York bridge and south of the 401 highway.
This information taken from Brockville Wrecks
The Connestoga lies about 10 meters off shore, it's smokestack plainly visible.This is a shore dive in the purest sense! Pretty good parking, quite a bit of it, and it is 10 feet from where you enter the water. Most people try and park close to the wreck, and that is handy,but they overlook the other possibility. Park at the very end of the penninsula and go through the current for a bit of a ride. When you swim back up,swim until the current in your face seems to reverse and there you are at your parking. A bit more time is spent swimming but the dive is so shallow there is still lots of time to explore the wreck. The normal approach is to swim with the current down the side of the wreck and then rise up a bit, be careful, when it is shallow a little bit makes a big difference,and enter over the stern. There is less current in here, except the occasional spot where the access narrows and the small current is magnified.
The connie is getting pretty beat up. The timbers at the back are falling apart. One small interesting thing about the site, someone has tossed some foreign coins into the river. We found some last year and on a recent dive found two more. Thanks to whoever did that, adds a bit of interest to the dive. I added a new video, a male goby defending some goby eggs from other gobys. A futile task. He is greatly outnumbered.I also added a few new photos taken by my brother, Lon, an award winning underwater photographer.