This sidewheel steamer, originally named the JAMES H. KELLEY, was built in Rochester, NY in 1871 by D. W. Springstead. She was renamed the JOHN THORN in 1879, and renamed again to ISLANDER in 1887 when she became the property of the Thousand Islands Steamboat Company. The vessel measured 125 ft. x 20 ft. x 7 ft. and weighed 118 gross tons. The ISLANDER served as a mail carrier and gave river tours. The ship burned on Sept. 16, 1909 at her dock at Alexandria Bay. The wreck of the ISLANDER is located just offshore, east of the hospital, at the foot Market Street in downtown Alexandria Bay.
The wreck of the ISLANDER is located at the foot of Market Street in Alexandria Bay. The Village has provided a parking area, gazebo, and ramp to the water to provide a comfortable diving experience. A local dive shop has a satellite shop across the street complete with a air compressor.
Dive Site Information
Location: Downtown Alexandria Bay, NY, at the foot of Market Street.
US Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay:
Dive Site Steward
Stewards are organizations that volunteer to be the local representative for the dive site. They publicize, monitor, and buoy it; advocate for its responsible use, and interpret it for non-divers to promote public awareness of our Great Lakes underwater maritime heritage and cultural resources. The Islander currently does not have a steward. If you are interested, contact New York Sea Grant at the number below.