John B King

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90 ft (27.4 m)

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John B King

Wreck Location

Approximately 80 feet down river from Bout # 143A and west of CockBurn Island.
~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   44° 33' 44.82" N      Longitude:   -75° 42' 41.58" W


The John B King was a 140 foot wooden drill scow.   In 1930 off of the northeast point of Cockburn Island while working in the main channel of the St Lawrence River she was hit by lightning.  This set off the dynamite charges on the scow as well as those that had been placed underwater killing 30 of the crew.  There were 11 of the crew that were rescued by the US Coast Guard that was in the area at the time of the explosion. 


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