Diver starts surveying wreck of historic vessel
Wreck is believed to be the Mary Ann, the first vessel registered in Canada
A Thunder Bay, Ont. archaeologist has begun surveying a shipwreck believed to be the remains of the first vessel registered in Canada.
Part of Chris McEvoy's mission is to confirm that the wreck is indeed the Mary Ann, a tugboat that, according to a 1944 article in the Port Arthur News Chronicle, was ordered built by senator Lachlin McCallum — who named it after his daughter — and once hosted an excursion by Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, one of the Fathers of Confederation.
McEvoy has explored several archaeological sites in his lifetime and said it can be difficult to maintain a balance between his work and his excitement.
"One side of your brain is like, 'Oh my god. Oh my god, look what I found,' while the other side is keeping it respectful and academic at the same time," he said.
Thunder Bay divers David Shepherd and Robert Valley discovered the wreck in 2013 in waters off the Welcome Islands.
That's several kilometers from where it was believed to have been intentionally sunk, McEvoy said.
McEvoy can't yet reveal details of what his survey has found, he said.