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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
 Object description
 Lake / river St. Lawrence River Official name Islander
 GPS Coordinates n/a Also known as James H. Kelly /
John Thorn
 Access Shore Type side-wheeler
 Description Shipwreck Material Wood and steel
 Min. / max. depth 15-60 ft Propulsion Steam
 Visibility 20-25 ft Cargo n/a
 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)
 Hazards n/a