Niagara Divers Association is very excited to have Terry Irvine, one of the most renowned underwater explorers in Ontario speaking at our next club meeting. Please join us as Terry revisits the tragedy of CPR 694 and its discovery 106 years later.
CPR 694 – A Final Whistle In The Night
Twenty-five years after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the D10 steam locomotive, CPR 694, was travelling east on the Trans Canada Railway heading from Schreiber to Marathon along the North Shore of Lake Superior. In the early morning hours of June 10, 1910, the train encountered a rock slide on the tracks near the Mink Tunnel. Unable to stop, the locomotive, coal car and two box cars collided with the boulders on the track. The de-railed train lurched over the embankment and fell 60-feet to the lake below. The damage was substantial. In addition to the loss of all three crew members, the locomotive complete with the tender car and two boxcars and the telegraph lines along the railway and 130-feet of track had also been destroyed. CPR 694 remained undisturbed for 106 years until 2016 when a combined American and Canadian team located and documented the wreck.
Join Terry Irvine as he revisits the tragedy of CPR 694, its discovery and documentation as well as still unanswered questions about the locomotive and wreck site.
Biography – Terry Irvine
Terry was scuba certified in 1987. He completed his cave training in 1995 and his Trimix training the following year. He completed his Closed Circuit Trimix Rebreather training in 2016. Terry has actively documented shipwrecks and caves using video and photos since 2000. He has been an active contributor to Quest since 2001. Some of his videos have been featured on the Outdoor Life Network and local media publications. In 2016, Terry was part of an explorer’s club team that discovered and documented the steam locomotive CPR 694 in Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario. Some of his photos and videos were used for several newspaper articles, an article in Branchline Magazine and the documentary called “The Ties That Bind”. In 2018, Terry was part of the diving team that documented the wreck of the Manasoo in Georgian Bay which has since been featured in Quest Magazine and Wreck Diver Magazine. Terry has a keen passion for photographing Great Lakes shipwrecks and enjoys exploring sites in all five of the Lakes.
Presentation by Niagara Divers’ Association
Tuesday April 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 833 3675 3630