Category: Shore Dive Advanced


 located at N 44’12.239 W76’31.578 this steamer ran an uneventful life as a passenger steamer running mostly the Bay of Quinte line.  She was stripped and scuttled behind the KPH hospital near the KPH and PCB Barge at undocumented date.  This is an immediate dive and penetration is not recommend due to the large amount of mud on her deck,  Those with the experience and directions can scooter from shore to the PCB, KPH and Varuna in one dive. Other wise a boat is required for a single dive on her.

Build City

Wolfe Island

Build State


Vessel Type


Number of Decks


Hull Materials


Builder Name

Robert Davis


Original Owner

Jonathan A. Porte

Original Owner Location

Trenton, ONT

Power (Sail)

Propulsion Type


Power (Mechanical)

Engine Type

High Pressure (including HPNC)

Engine Number Cylinders









Tonnage Gross


Tonnage Net


Final Disposition

Final Date Year


Final How

Broken up.

Final Notes

1940 Removed from registry.

History and Notes


1880, May 20 Registered Picton, ONT.

1881, Apr Strengthened by false sides; ran Trenton, Belleville & Picton.

1888, Mar 26 Owned Thomas J. Porte, Picton.

1893, Apr 5 Owned W.E. VanVlack & William B. Cooper.

1893, Oct 3 Owned William B. Cooper, Picton, Alfred Hicks, Hallowell Township & Reuben Norcross, Trenton.

1898, Nov 2 Owned Hicks & Norcross.

1904, Sep 14 Owned Hicks & Cooper, Hallowell.

1904, Nov 18 Owned A. Hicks & J.E. Rathbun.

1908, Feb 6 Owned W.B. Cooper & J.E. Rathbun. Trenton, ONT.

1910, Mar 9 Owned Quinte Navigation Co., Ltd., Picton.

1910, Dec 31 Owned Ontario & Quebec Navigation Co., Ltd.

1916, Apr 28 Owned Canada Steamship Lines.

1927 Broken up


stern veruna may 11

JONATHAN A Poarn witness produced by Deseronto Navigation Company sworn Besides at Trenton Ont is master and owner of steamer Varuna of Picton plying on Bay of Quinté from Trenton to Picton as a day boat holds master’s certificate for steamer I know steamer Quinté was burned did not see her burning do not know the origin of the fire I burned last season about equal proportions of hardwood tamarac and bunched wood I don t consider any of such fuel extra hazardous the trouble I found with bunched wood was to get it dry enough to make steam I don t think the bunched wood that I used was more inflammable than other pine cordwood when steamer Quinté was lying at Belleville wharf have been on board saw a captain mate engineer three deck hands purser two women and a boy knew some of their names but not all do not know how many of a crew was on board the day she was burned I considered the crew as I saw them there sufficient to handle steamer Quinté on the route she was on as a day boat I am not com etent to judge as to the number of firemen required on steamer Quinté I used te same kind of bunched wood on my steamer as the steamer Quinté took on at Trenton do not know if steamer Quinté wooded at any place else have been a master of steamers for twenty two years the bunched wood I used was not sufliciently dry to satisfy me as fuel I consider a good man could fire ten cords of bunched wood on steamer Quinté on her regular trip from Picton to Trenton and return JONATHAN A PORTE varuna bow veruna may 11

Eastcliffe Hall

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.

Nationality CANADA
Official Number: 195604
Rig: Propeller

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
Builder Information
Place of Build: Montreal, P.Q.
Builder: Canadian Vickers, Ltd.
Date of Build 1954
Ownership Changes
Owner Name Date Registry Official #
Hall Corp., of Canada, Ltd.
Montreal, P.Q. Canada 1954 – 1970 CANADA 195604
Rebuild History
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
Shipyard Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
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
Hazards Traffic

PCB Barge aka Belly Dumper

Located at N 44.12.577 W76 31.473 this small wreck is either an easy boat dive or long scooter dive.  Belly dumpers where common in the area and given no names.  This one was being towed when she took on water and sank.  The harbour master looked for her to raise, as he planned to make a House boat out of her.  Accidentally found while trying to moor the KPH in Kingston Harbour.

belly dumper