Walter Lewis took up diving in 1990 specifically to dive on the wreck of the CORNWALL. At Shipwrecks ‘95, he did a presentation on the wreck, which was subsequently the subject of The River Palace, co-authored with Rick Neilson and published by Dundurn Press in 2008. In the following year, he and Rick were awarded the S.O.S. Marine Heritage Award. In 2011 Walter was named Great Lakes Historian of the Year, an award presented by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. He is known to many in the Great Lakes community for the website he manages, which presents the raw materials of history, gathered through the work of many researchers, particularly those interested in shipwrecks. He is a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics related to the history of the Great Lakes.

Kingston’s ship graveyards and other shallow wreck sites

3D Model of the PRINCESS CHARLOTTE (Photo credit

The waters around Kingston have some of the most popular shipwrecks on the lower Great Lakes. That said, there are dozens of wrecks in the area that are rarely visited but have considerable historical significance: veterans of the War of 1812, the region’s oldest steamboat hull, wooden tugs and freighters. Consider working in a third dive or a way to introduce a friend with a snorkel to shipwrecks, there a many options under thirty feet. In low water years, some almost break the surface. Join in for a graveyard tour.

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