Ship Type: Schooner Barge
Lifespan: Built 1888, Sunk 1917
Length: 173 ft (53.3m)
Depths: 55 ft (17m)
Location: Off Nine-Mile Point, Simcoe Island, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
GPS N 44'09.785 W 76'34.092
The Aloha was built by William Dulac at Mt. Clemens, Michigan. While in tow by the C.W. Chamberlain, en route to Kingston, the Aloha foundered in a gale with the loss of one life. The Aloha was discovered by local divers Barbara Carson, Nathaniel Sudds and Lloyd Shales in August 1963, the hull is mostly intact, and this site is used as a second dive or training dive.
Most of the artifacts have been removed and the winch can be viewed at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, located in Kingston, Ontario. The Effie Mae (a former charter boat) is located very close by for your diving pleasure. The most fascinating part of the Aloha are the Roman numeral depth markings on her bow. As well as divers, there are plenty of fish to inspect.
Ship Type: Trawler
Lifespan: Built 1967, Scuttled 1993
Depths: 55 ft
Location: Nine Mile Point, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
GPS N44.09.78 W76.34.07
Around the year of Canada's 100th birthday, a 40 ft wooden trawler hull was started in Shelborne, Nova Scotia, by Ken and Lois Jenkins of Port Credit, Ontario. They brought the partially-built hull to Port Credit and completed it in their back yard. Launched in 1968, it was christened the Effie Mae. Around 1980, the Effie Mae became the first live-aboard dive charter boat in the Kingston area before changing hands in 1987 to Ted and Donna Walker. Sadly, Ken Jenkins succumbed to cancer the following year. Ted and Donna started chartering out of Kingston and continued running the boat up to the 1992 season when Ted was transferred out west. Finding no suitable buyers and not wanting their beloved Effie broken up or just left to rot, they donated the hull to Preserve Our Wrecks Kingston for sinking as a dive site. In the spring of 1993, they ran her for the last time to the Metal Craft Dry dock to be made ready for sinking. On Sunday October 17, 1993, twenty-five years from the date of her christening, the Effie Mae was put to rest beside one of the historic shipwrecks she had visited so many times before. To-day, sitting upright beside the wreck of the schooner barge Aloha she is an often-visited dive site.
Local divers affectionately refer to the wreck of the "Effie" as "Ken's wreck," in honour of both Ken Jenkins who built her and Ken Mullens who did must of the work to sink the Effie for all to enjoy.