This ship was a steel freighter weighing 3,335 tons, and was 343 ft. long. On July 14, 1970 the Eastcliffe with a cargo of “pig iron”, struck a shoal at 4 a.m. and sank within minutes with the loss of 9 lives, however their were 12 survivors. The forward superstructure (upstream) has been dynamited back into the forward hold to clear the site as a navigational hazard. Though the surface currents are quick it becomes less on the wrecks deck and the open holds provide shielding from the currents.
Eastcliffe Hall is located approximately 3/4 of a mile south of Chrysler Marina, at Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario. The village is located on the south side of highway 2 between Morrisburg and Cornwall, Ontario and is a major tourist attraction and a “must see”.
Dive site description
|Lake / river||St. Lawrence River||Official name||Eastcliff Hall|
|GPS Coordinates|| N44 55.4630|
|Also known as||–|
|Min. / max. depth||30-60 ft||Propulsion||Propeller|
|Visibility||15-20 ft||Cargo||Pig iron|
|Current||3-6 knots||Built by / at|| Canadian Vickers|
|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|