Comox Logging Railway brought logs along the foreshore from Courtenay to load on ships that were destined for lumber mills on the mainland.
To protect against our South-Eastern winter storms, an extensive breakwater was built with log booms. This was extended in the late 1930’s to include Old Ship Hulks. A total of 14 Ships were laid to rest over 20 + years. Some of these included wooden hull Sailing Ships build in the 1800’s.
The steel hulled Ships have mostly collapsed from rusting away.
Divers and Kayakers still enjoy visiting this site . A Diver organization has GPS mapped all the Royston Wrecks as part of an application for National Historic Status.
The Ships provide a protected location for the re-growth of eel grass beds and a protected habitat for all kinds of sea life.
1989 Photos of the Royston Wrecks
Thanks to Henrie who lived in Royston at the time. These are copied from the original colour prints. Visit our Oceanside Gallery page to see more recent Royston Wreck photos.
See Photos HERE
List of ships: Comet – 4 masted barque, Dunver HMCS – frigate, Eastview HMCS – frigate, Forest Friend – 5 masted barquentine, Gatineau HMCS – destroyer, Harpoon Boat, Lauren Whalen – 5 masted windjammer (first boat), Melanope – 3 masted windjammer, Nanoose – steam tug, Prince Rupert HMCS – frigate, Qualicum – steam tug, Riversdale – 3 masted windjammer, Salvage King – tug, Tattnall USS – destroyer.