We are currently working on a video and still documentation of the Ex-Canadian Mine Sweeper "Kathryn". The Kathryn was acquired from Canada by the country of Jamaica many years ago (confirmation of acquisition date still pending) and used as a cargo vessel. Several years later it was turned into a "mother" fishing vessel to which smaller boats would bring their catch. Later it fell into disrepair and was taken to Kingston. There the Kathryn was acquired by Paul G. Dadd and his dive shop "Fantasy Divers and Water Sports". With the co-operation of the Natural Resources Conservation Division (NRCD), the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Port Authority the Kathryn was scuttled off the coast of St. Mary, about a mile east of the White River near Ocho Rios on February 4th, 1991 as part of a project to create a tourist attraction. It was dedicated by the Rev. Mr. C. Leslie Thomas the following May. The project sought to preserve and build a coral reef, create a habitat for fish breeding, and ultimately help the fishing industry. The project has cost over $100,000 to date including fish feed that has been placed in containers to encourage a variety of fish to feed at the site.
In 1993, we made a video documentation of the Kathryn and have been back chronicling her aging every five years since. The Kathryn is one of the most popular shallow wrecks in the area and because of the many local resorts nearby, it sees scores of divers every week. Many of these divers are "resort certified" or newly certified customers who at times because of their inexperience use the wreck to support their buoyancy. It also receives damage from locals in the form of fishing net entanglement and anchors even though there is a permanent off-wreck mooring nearby. In fact during our last expedition, it was observed that the off site mooring is no longer used at all and a newer mooring has been attached to the stern deck itself on the port side. The wreck has slowly attracted quite a bit of sea life as an artificial reef, but is also is taking a lot of damage from these outside sources. Our next expedition to the site will be in July, 2018.