The site is the wreck of Islander, a side wheel steamer that burned and sank on September 16th 1909. The wreck is just offshore at the foot of Market Street in downtown Alexandria Bay, NY. The wooded wreck is much deteriorated. Resting on the slope of the bottom, it is close to being parallel with shore. The wreck is from 30 to 45 feet deep, with some timbers as deep as 60 feet. This is a maintained dive site by Seaway Trails. Car parking and water access are available. It is nice shore dive up stream off the hospital along or downstream the side of Cornwall Brothers Store and Museum.
St Louis Barge
Sunk: February 18, 1914
Depth: 10' - 15'
Location: Cape Vincent
The remains of the St. Louis are on the down river side of the Cape Vincent Village Park and boat ramp. The park provides good shore access making the St. Louis a popular training site for scuba divers. Only the lowest part of its frames and hull remain. Next to the wreck is an old submerged rock filled dock. Several yards behind the wreck on the channel side is a very large rudder. Large wooded timbers run the length of the hull. These large timbers give an indication of the heavy cargo she could carry. Some of the timbers are over 2 feet square. Visibility is the best early in the year. In late summer the hull is covered with thick weeds.
Things to see on the wreck:
Clayton Town Frink Park
Depth: 10' - 30'
Ability: Beginner - Advanced
Location: Downtown Clayton (Riverside Drive)
Good diving almost anytime of the year, even good ice diving off docks. Visibility is reasonable as long as you don't stir up the mud. From ice dives in front of the old McCormack's Restaurant to early "bottle" dives of the 1960's, the Clayton Riverfront and Dock has been a mainstay dive site from the 1950's up to the present. The Frink Dock in the early 60's was dredged to seaway depth of 26 feet.