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  • History

    The A.E. Vickery was a wooden three masted schooner built in 1861 and launched in July of the same year. She saild under the name of “J.B. Penfield” at Three Mile Bay, New york. She was renamed to A.E. Vickery in February 25th, 1884.The ship struck a rock while sailing near the American Narrows with 21,000 bushels of wheat on board. The shipment was destined to the Wisers Distillery in Prescott, Ontario. One story tells us that the night of the catastrophe, the captain Mr. John Massey was fearing the narrows and requested the pilot Mr. Henry Webber Jr. to sail the boat. At 10:15PM, the A.E. Vickery struck a rock and was quickly taking water. The captain dashed to his cabin and came back with a pistol to get an explanation from Mr. Webber about this accident. Fortunately, one of the crew member (also the captain’s brother), knocked the pistol overboard. The crew abandoned ship and found refuge in the nearby lighthouse near Rock Island. She finally disappeared below the surface at 2:00AM.

    Location

    The closest boat launch to this wreck in Ontario would be at the Rockport Government Docks. Head West passing between Bold Castle and Alexandria Bay in New York and head for the Ivy Lea International Bridge. The wreck is in US waters about 2 km’s West of the Ivy Lea International bridge. The wreck’s marker can be seen sandwiched by an island that houses an elderly couple’s cottage on the South side (immediately West of the light house on Rock Island) and a green buoy marked number 215 on the North side.

    Technical

    The A.E. Vickery lies on the side of a shoal. The current is very strong along the descent line but disappears once over the bow. It would also be wise not to swim inside the wreck unless you are an experimented diver used to these techniques. The inside is dark and covered with this fine silt easily stirred up. The most interesting things to see are outside the wreck itself. The main mast detached from the ship is visible from the stern on the starboard side. If you want to give a closer look to the mast, be careful because it will lead you deeper in 130 ft of water which is beyond the sport diving limit. A good visibility can be expected.Precautions must be taken in order to dive safely on this shipwreck. The two main factors to consider are the great depth and the strong current. The use of a dive flag is mandatory because the wreck is located in the state of New York. Current can be strong if you get out of the shadow of the hull

    Features

    The bow of the Vickery lies about 10-15 ft. away at a depth of 65 feet.


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  • Category: Dive Site
  • Address: Rock Island
    Clayton
    New York
    13641
    United States
  • History:

    The A.E. Vickery was a wooden three masted schooner built in 1861 and launched in July of the same year. She saild under the name of "J.B. Penfield" at Three Mile Bay, New york. She was renamed to A.E. Vickery in February 25th, 1884.The ship struck a rock while sailing near the American Narrows with 21,000 bushels of wheat on board. The shipment was destined to the Wisers Distillery in Prescott, Ontario. One story tells us that the night of the catastrophe, the captain Mr. John Massey was fearing the narrows and requested the pilot Mr. Henry Webber Jr. to sail the boat. At 10:15PM, the A.E. Vickery struck a rock and was quickly taking water. The captain dashed to his cabin and came back with a pistol to get an explanation from Mr. Webber about this accident. Fortunately, one of the crew member (also the captain's brother), knocked the pistol overboard. The crew abandoned ship and found refuge in the nearby lighthouse near Rock Island. She finally disappeared below the surface at 2:00AM.

  • Location:

    The closest boat launch to this wreck in Ontario would be at the Rockport Government Docks. Head West passing between Bold Castle and Alexandria Bay in New York and head for the Ivy Lea International Bridge. The wreck is in US waters about 2 km's West of the Ivy Lea International bridge. The wreck's marker can be seen sandwiched by an island that houses an elderly couple's cottage on the South side (immediately West of the light house on Rock Island) and a green buoy marked number 215 on the North side.

  • Technical Information:

    The A.E. Vickery lies on the side of a shoal. The current is very strong along the descent line but disappears once over the bow. It would also be wise not to swim inside the wreck unless you are an experimented diver used to these techniques. The inside is dark and covered with this fine silt easily stirred up. The most interesting things to see are outside the wreck itself. The main mast detached from the ship is visible from the stern on the starboard side. If you want to give a closer look to the mast, be careful because it will lead you deeper in 130 ft of water which is beyond the sport diving limit. A good visibility can be expected.Precautions must be taken in order to dive safely on this shipwreck. The two main factors to consider are the great depth and the strong current. The use of a dive flag is mandatory because the wreck is located in the state of New York. Current can be strong if you get out of the shadow of the hull

  • Features:

    The bow of the Vickery lies about 10-15 ft. away at a depth of 65 feet.

  • AKA: J.B. Penfield
    Type: Schooner 3 Mast
    Material: Wood
    Propulsion: Sail
    Built / lauch date: July 1861
    Sunk / flooded: August 17th 1889
    Dimensions: 136.2 ft x 26.2 ft x 10.8 ft