2001 Jodrey Photos I

All images on this page 2001 by Christina Young.

The Roy A. Jodrey is a 640-foot long sunken bulk steel freighter in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, New York.  She lies 140 feet (crows nest) to 250 feet under fresh, clear water, having been sunk in 1974 after striking Pullman Shoal.  More on the Jodrey can be found here.

The following pictures (all images from video) are from the Mad Dog Expeditions trip to the Jodrey, June 9-10, 2001.

This is the local hangout in Alexandria Bay for wreck divers.  Someone told me that there are about 500 wrecks in the area!  They do seem to have a sizable wreck diving community, and I even saw 10- or 12- foot bass boats loaded with Aquazepps, doubles and stage bottles!
This is our boat, the C-Hunt, owned and run by septuagenarian Capt. Moe Hunt.  Moe was the very first person to dive the Jodrey, the day after it when down in 1974.  Don't worry about the room on the boat, the wreck is only a five minute drive away!
Going out to the wreck site.  The Thousand Islands is a big tourist area, and there are also many stately mansions on the islands.  It is also the primary shipping corridor from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, and huge, 600- and 700- foot long ships go by all day long.
Christine Dennison with the "Mad Dog" Alice.  Alice couldn't wait to get to the dive site so she could go swimming.
Anchoring next to the U.S. Coast Guard station (background), in just 10 feet of water. The station is on one of the many islands, and the Jodrey is entirely on the U.S. side of the U.S. - Canadian border.  Canadian dive boats must go through customs on their way out and back.
The edge of the drop-off.  This ledge drops off from about 40 feet into a vertical granite wall all the way down to the wreck.  When you drop off, it's just like in the movie Abyss, falling down a wall into the dark abyss.  Really cool!  For those open ocean wreck divers, it is a different experience, because now you have a sense of perspective on just how far you are falling.
Falling along the vertical wall.  It is covered with zebra mussels.
The wreck is reached in about 140 feet.  You can just barely see the crow's nest on the left.
A better view of the crow's nest.  It was dark down on the wreck.
This is one of the Bills, I'm not sure which one (we had two, Bill Davidson and Bill Marzano). 
I land on top of the Jodrey's bridge, on the bow.  As a "laker", the Jodrey had two large superstructures, one on the front of the bow (with the bridge), and one on the extreme stern (with the mess and crew's quarters), separated by almost 500 feet of holds.  They are really two separate dives, each with a very different character.  The bow is slanted to the starboard at about a 45 degree angle.
Some debris laying on the bow.

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