Pictou Harbor Shipwreck
Location: Pictou Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Type of Ship: Steamship
Depth: About 32 feet
Dieuze, a wooden steamship built for the French government in 1919, went down on Sept. 25, 1925, “in one of the most spectacular flames in Pictou County,” according to a 1925 article in the Pictou Advocate. Although most steamships of the time were being made from steel, Canada’s need for the metal during World War I prompted shipbuilders to craft Dieuze out of Douglas fir. Despite the fire, the Canadian Hydrographic Society discovered the mostly intact wreck in July when surveying the harbor. Robert MacKay, a Pictou diver who further assessed the ship, credits its preservation to the harbor’s fresh water.