This sidewheel steamer was built in Rochester, N.Y. in 1871 and launched as James H. Kelly later changed to John Thorn. The Islander measured 125 ft. x 20 ft. x 7 ft. and weighed 118 gross tons. As well as a regular mail carrier between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, the Islander began island and river tours on July 31, 1893. The Islander burnt on Sept. 16, 1909 while at dock at Alexandria Bay. Since the tragedy the Islander has become a favorite dive site for many divers.
The Islander is located just off the shoreline of Alexandria Bay. She is angled slightly upstream with a very slight current, which makes this a very pleasurable dive. The stern is in 15 ft. of water with the bow in 60 ft.. The best access to the wreck is to park in the town parking lot in front of the pavilion, just west of the hospital.
Dive site description
|Lake / river||St. Lawrence River||Official name||Islander|
|GPS Coordinates||n/a||Also known as|| James H. Kelly /|
|Description||Shipwreck||Material||Wood and steel|
|Min. / max. depth||15-60 ft||Propulsion||Steam|
|Current||1-2 knots||Built by / at||n/a|
|Level||Advanced||Built / lauch date||1871|
|Thermocline||n/a||Sunk / flooded||September 15th, 1909|
|Bottom type||Silt||Dimensions||125 ft x 20 ft x 7 ft|
|Boat traffic||n/a||Position||Starboard side (Upright)|