The Eastcliffe Hall was a diesel canaller built 1954 by Canadian Vickers, Montreal (Hull #262), for Hall Corporation of Canada (later Halco). Sister Hutchcliffe, near- sister Frankcliffe b)Northcliffe (2). All were among last canallers built before opening of St Lawrence Seaway. Original dimensions 259’x43′-6″x20′-9″, later (1959) lengthened & deepened. Main cargoes at outset were pulpwood, grain, and coal, operations between lakehead & Gulf of St. Lawrence. In early morning of 14 July 1970 sank vic Crysler Shoal, St. Lawrence River (light#73) after striking abandoned light base, having strayed from main channel, with loss of nine lives. Subsequently, pig iron cargo salvaged, and wreck reduced by explosive charges
The year before the sinking of the EASTCLIFF HALL there was a range light that took you around the CRYSLER SHOAL. THe following year in the interest of saving money, (I believe) they removed the range lights that protected vessels from going over the shoal. After the incident, the light was returned to its original position! Marty
Actually, at that time there was no difference in the color of the range lights for Weaver Shoal and Gooseneck Island. The understanding is that the ship was on the Gooseneck Ranges when she should still have been on the Weaver Ranges. Doing this could have taken her over Crysler Shoal (where she may or may not have struck), and led to an early course change that landed her on Gooseneck. Today the range lights are contrasting colors.
Vessel Name: EASTCLIFFE HALL
Official Number: 195604
Dimensions & Tonnage
Vessel Length: 253.33 Gross Tonnage: 2140.00
Vessel Width: 43.66 Net Tonnage: 0.00
Vessel Height 19.00 Hull Material: Steel
Masts: Hull Number: 00262
Place of Build: Montreal, P.Q.
Builder: Canadian Vickers, Ltd.
Date of Build 1954
Owner Name Date Registry Official #
Hall Corp., of Canada, Ltd.
Montreal, P.Q. Canada 1954 – 1970 CANADA 195604
Lengthened and deepened in 1959 (343.33 x 43.66 x 22.66; 3335 gross – 2614 registered).
Struck a shoal near Crysler Shoal, St. Lawrence River, July 14, 1970, and sank quickly. Nine lives lost. Hull later leveled and filled.
The Eastcliffe Hall, al lake freighter of 2614 net registered tonnage foundered off chrysler shoal jul 14 170. To visit her today, you will need a boat for she now sits upright, bow into the current (w) in 65′ of water (45′ to her deck). She is approximentaly 300′ long and her holds are open for inspection. Many pieces of her cargo if iron ore ingots still remain scatterec about her deck.
In the interest of safe river navigation, her stern cabins and wheelhouse have been removed by explosives leaving a great deal of tangled steel wreckage about. Inside the bow however are passages and cabins which may be explored providing sufficient care is taken of course.
Because the “Hall” lies close to the regular seaway ship cannel, markers cannot be left on her and she is best found by dragging once you are sure that you are in the right area. See sketch 1. Current is strong in the area, so hang on!
This wreck near the Chrysler marina east of cornwall. Take highway 31 south from Ottawa to highway 401 and proceed east to the exit to Upper Canada village. Turn east on Hightway #2 and the entrance to the marina is about 400 yards along on your right.
Dive site description Object description
Lake / river St. Lawrence River Official name Eastcliff Hall
GPS Coordinates N44 55.4630
W75 06.0270 Also known as –
Access Boat Type Freighter
Description Shipwreck Material Steel
Min. / max. depth 30-60 ft Propulsion Propeller
Visibility 15-20 ft Cargo Pig iron
Current 3-6 knots Built by / at Canadian Vickers
Level Intermediate / Advanced Built / lauch date 1954
Thermocline No Sunk / flooded July 14th, 1970
Bottom type Sand Dimensions 343 ft x 43 ft x 22.8 ft
Boat traffic Heavy Position Upright