This page describes ongoing projects and discusses future plans. 

Shore Diving Catalogue

POW has regularly published guides to various shore dive sites in Kingston over the years.  But, the loss of many to construction and other factors means that it’s time to undertake a more comprehensive review.  During 2018, members will be evaluating old sites and looking for new ones, generating guides and safety plans for each as they go.  Join us to make this happen.

Virtual Museum Project

Despite the dismal news about the future of the Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston as we know it, this august institution has been far from idle.  Last year, the Museum was able to bid successfully for the funds needed to carry forward this Project.  Cooperation between several groups and organisations has been outstanding.  Jim Kozmik and Mike Robertson, two very well-established figures in the world of underwater videography will be be bringing professional production values to underwater work.  Local divers from POW will also be involved in supporting roles, as well as providing information on the wrecks and transportation.

Mooring Project

POW annually places moorings on more than 20 local wrecks.  The work involves diving to retrieve lines that are attached to substantial concrete blocks, typically in excess of 2,000 lbs.  The use of blocks and lines serves two purposes.  Firstly, it allows visiting dive boats quickly and easily to locate and identify the site.  This saves fuel and time.  Secondly, using a mooring line prevents divers dropping shot lines and anchors, as they used to do, frequently fouling and damaging the wrecks we seek to preserve.  On the surface, attached to the mooring line, we place a private mooring buoy.  The buoy is prominently labelled to identify it as marking a heritage site.  The mooring work is costly.  The whole setup at each site is worth more than $400.  For this reason, we welcome sponsors and donors who are willing to support the work.  Anyone can do this through our site at Canada Helps.  If you’re interested in how we choose which wrecks we moor, check out the criteria.

St Lawrence Project

The St Lawrence under full sail..

Earlier ambitions to undertake a detailed study of the St Lawrence have not been fulfilled.  A combination of challenging environmental circumstances and under-funding caused this outcome.  POW will continue to monitor the situation on the site and attempt to record changes, as they occur.  

Photo Project Update

It remains an ambition, particularly in the era of ever more sophisiticated imaging platforms,  to update the photo project that was completed in 1998.  The original study captured images of the majority of local wrecks, allowing non-divers to understand more about their maritime heritage and establishing the status of the sites.  A new cycle of imagery capture would allow deterioration to be assessed and apply superior image-capture capabilities to the task.  The intention is also to add video to the archive. 

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