Author Kathy Dowsett

Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

In the fall of 2016 the Tobermory Maritime Association had begun the regulatory process to “Bring History Home”.  Our goal is to return the S.S. Norisle to Tobermory where she has served, and to then scuttle her just outside of the Fathom Five National Marine Park.  The waters of Tobermory already shelter a maritime museum. What better final resting place for her to be preserved then in the crystal clear waters of Tobermory?

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Where is the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes? The Marine Museum has moved from the Kingston Dry Dock site at 55 Ontario St. to a new site at 53 Yonge St., at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston. The museum ship Alexander Henry is no longer on display. Why did the Marine Museum move? The Marine Museum was founded in 1975. Originally located at 55 Ontario St. at the first federal dry dock on the Great Lakes, the Marine Museum closed its doors at the site when the federal government sold the property, ending the previous lease arrangement of forty years. The museum vacated the property…

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Ven-Tech Subsea Inspections is a Canadian based commercial diving company, specializing in Underwater Inspections/Non Destructive Testing and Underwater Construction. Our team of professional divers provide underwater/marine construction, underwater civil engineering, salvage/recovery, underwater inspections and demolition services nationwide and are available for any marine or underwater project at a moments notice. Ven-Tech Subsea Inspections is certified through the “CSWIP Diver Inspector certification scheme” which is the leading scheme worldwide for the competence and assurance in the field of Underwater Inspection and Non Destructive Testing. WE ARE THE ONLY COMMERCIAL DIVING COMPANY IN CANADA THAT HOLDS THIS CERTIFICATION!! In response to growing industry demand…

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Steve Lewis worked as an advertising copywriter, journalist and feature writer for many years, but is best known for his work underwater. He is a cave diver/instructor, deep wreck diver/instructor, and marketing and training consultant for the dive industry. He lives in rural Ontario but admits “I get to travel to some pretty exotic places to lecture, teach, dive and explore.” This book is his third, and he has also written dozens of articles for diving blogs, print and online magazines and national newspapers, as well as several textbooks and travel guides. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian…

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Black Friday happened October 20 1916.  On this day, a “perfect storm” hit Lake Erie, sinking four large ships, and killing forty-nine people. Two high pressure systems and a minor hurricane converged together in the western part of Lake Erie to create whipping shallow water into a fury. a devastating force that day. The ships that sank to the depths by this violent weather were the James B. Colgate, Marshall F. Butters, D.L. Filer and the Mérida. James B. Colgate had one survivor, The Captain, and was sailing to Thunder Bay when it sank. This wreck has been located on the lake bed. Marshall F.…

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Nathalie Lasselin completed her latest project of diving from one end of Montreal Island to the other, last week. Nathalie was conducting a scientific dive of 44 miles in the depths of the St. Lawrence River on Montreal Island. She wanted to get to know the river in a urban environment, but her journey got off to a rocky start, due to water conditions, and it took more than 24 hours. Along the way, Nathalie documented the river and the water.  Water and sediment samples were collected and will be analyzed.  Six scientists will perform precise analyzes, the results of which will be published…

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Canadians were rightly proud of the Avro Arrow, a state of the art military interceptor aircraft that showed once again that Canada could hit above its weight. Canada’s purpose in developing the Arrow in the 1950s was to protect our country from a Russian attack via the north. Canadian troops also distinguished themselves in action in the First and Second World wars. In the battle for Vimy Ridge 3,598 Canadians were killed and about 7,000 were injured. It marked the first time all four Canadian divisions attacked the enemy together. But the longevity of the Canadian-built Avro Arrow was short.  It was…

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Divescapes, Canada’s largest and best Scuba Diving Conference and Exhibition. Divescapes is held biannually in either Edmonton or Calgary by the Alberta Underwater Council. Divescapes is THE place to see top tier speakers and exhibitors, and to attend fun and educational seminars and workshops. The Alberta Underwater Council is proud to present the Divescapes Conference and Exhibition. Divescapes has had some outstanding shows including the 2012, 2014 in Edmonton and the 2016 shows in Calgary, well we are working hard to bring you an even bigger and better show in 2018! New speakers and new exhibitors in a great new venue, the Commonwealth Center in NE…

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Rob Stewart’s parents, Sandy and Brian are very pleased their son’s film “Sharkwater Extinction” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday 7 September 2019. It’s the final film of late filmmaker Rob Stewart, Julie Anderson, Andy Casagrande and Will Allen. This has been a bittersweet experience for both of them. On the one hand they’re happy that his new documentary, “Sharkwater Extinction,” had its premiere, but on the other hand, they also find it hard to watch as Rob narrated the whole film. Stewart’s first 2006 documentary, “Sharkwater,” also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Sharkwater…

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