Weekend updates

A hearty Reef Warrior round of applause goes out to Gidget and Fire fighter Julie, who finished 1st and 2nd in the North Shore Stand Up 10k race.

Julie won the race 5 seconds ahead of Gail in and exciting finish.

rave to finish

For more info on the race check out  https://twitter.com/NorthShoreSUP

Possum has completed her ALS ice bucket challenge

Check her video

And keep checking back here for update on the “Board Meeting” as well as our facebook  page.


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The history of the Sherkston wreck

Since October 1961 the Steel Products has been aground off Sherkston Beach. This abandoned ship has been known as the “wreck” as long as I have been a regular on the Lake Erie shore.

This “wreck” has become a symbol of Sherkston and the reef, a backdrop for countless photos and stories

( click on the photos for a close up)

hobie rescuecirca 1978
hobie rescue
circa 1978

 and a huge part of our lives on Lake Erie’s shore.

I have swam out to it, jumped off the deck ( when it had a deck)

circa 1980
circa 1980
paddleboarding around the prop

sailed and paddled around it.

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fall 2012

Mother Nature has taken its toll on our great symbol of the reef.

steel products 004
where to find the wreck

With that being said I would like to share the history of the wreck.

the crane on the wreck
the crane on the wreck
steel products 006
steel products
steel products 007
steel products as venus

The Steel Products was named Venus  for 50 years before being sold to Marine Salvage of Port Colborne. The  346 foot vessel was equipped with a crane and often carried scrap steel.  After a long career she was taken under tow on  October 26, 1961 to be  scrapped at Dwor Metal Co. While anchored in heavy weather she slipped  anchor on Oct. 28th and went aground. The decision was made to strip her  in the spring so a crew of men were left on board for the winter. Come  spring a road was built to her and the engines and part of her hull were  removed. She was built in 1901 in Lorain, OH by American  Shipbuilding Co.

I would like to thank Mike & Georgann Wachter  for sharing this bit of history.

 wachter@eriewrecks.com      www.eriewrecks.com

news file
news file
wreck 1980's
circa late 1970’s


The road that was built for the salvage operation was left in place and became a walk way to the wreck through waist deep water. You did have to swim the last 20 yards or so. Many times the friendly locals would answer calls for help because some one who was not a strong swimmer or some one who had a little too much libation got themselves out to the wreck, but could not get back in.

spring thaw 2010
the remains after scrapping

In the early 1980’s the price of steel skyrocketed and scrapers went after what was left of the wreck cutting away much of the hull and deck throughout the winter months. They may have removed the whole thing but the bulldozer they were using fell through the ice and caused some setbacks preventing they job from being finished.

A great place to explore with kayaks and paddle boards,snorkel around as well as fish, this old barge attracts visitors every day.

the sherkston wreck as  seen from the air.
the sherkston wreck as seen from the air.

The recent winters have really taken a toll on the old girl. Low water levels,

rear view wreck and prop during low water
rear view wreck and prop during low water

heavy wind storms,

the wreck during high winds
the wreck during high winds
gopro shot underwater

and time have weaken the remaining structure and twisted the bow wreck bow2 wreck bowand rear sections to near unrecognizable forms DCIM100GOPRO underwreck underwreck2

It is only a matter of time before the whole thing falls victim to Mother Natures wrecking ball.

sun set over the wreck
sun set over the wreck
the prop


Below are some recent photo’s from the fall of 2013 and the winter of 2014.

(Thanks to John for the photo’s)

fall 2013
fall 2013
sunset fall 2013
fall 2013
March 2014
March 2014
march 2014
march 2014
Spring 2014
Spring thaw 2014


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Labor Day Paddle Board meeting updates and more

As summer is winding down there is a lot going on at Da’ reef.

1st off

Gidget and Firefighter Julie are going to compete in the North Shore SUP race this weekend. The 10 k race will be from Nickel Beach  to Pleasant Beach. Lets get out there and cheer them on as they pass by. ( around 11:30)

If you are interested in participating or helping out click the link above.

2nd fun thing,

From Possum: I have been issued a challenge for the ALS ice bucket challenge. This involves taking a video of yourself dumping a bucket of ice water over your head. For any one who hasn’t heard of this, it is a drive to raise awareness and money for ALS, which is a devastating and deadly disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Now being a Treichler by marriage and a Reef Warrior at heart, I feel I must “Go big or go home” so I would like to gather as many of my reef warrior family(and any other friends who want to join!) as possible to help me with this challenge. All you need is about 5 minutes and a bucket (or whatever receptacle you choose) of ice water. I will also collect money from any one who wishes to make a donation to the ALS association from the reef warriors. So I am asking that you grab your ice water and meet me on the beach in front of Lou and Gail’s deck at noon this Sunday (August 22nd) where we will raise our buckets to pay it forward for a good cause! For more information about ALS or to make your own private donation, visit:
  ALS Association 

We will post the video of this event on the reef warriors website as well as the Facebook site. Thanks ahead of time for the support!

Let have a good turn out to support Possum and ALS

3rd on the list

is the Labor day board meeting and paddle parade.

Help us spread the word to your friends and family who sup or kayak to join us for the fun. If you have any questions contact Lou

Our date is set Sunday August 31, 2014

I will keep an eye on the weather if we need to change the day or time, but as of now Sunday looks the best.

We will start gathering on Elco beach near the boat ramp at 9 am

a group photo will be taken at 9:45 and the paddle will start at 10am

Refreshments will be served after the paddle on front of Lou and Gail’s. Please bring some to share if you want. Stay as long as you want and try paddle boards, hang with friends and just enjoy the beach

Be sure to sign the “registration ” book. We are trying to document how many people participated-hopefully more than 100!!!


I have had a post I have been wanting to share and could never seem to find the right time. The post is about the history of the Sherkston Ship wreck and I will post it up this Sunday morning so that the North shore sup racers and the board meeting participants can be informed on this small part of Lake Erie History. I hope you enjoy it.

Also let not forget chili cook-off .

As always it is set for the last Saturday in September.


Can Robert repeat as champ?

Will Sara be our prettiest chili queen to date?

These questions and more will be answered Sept. 27, 2014 come hungry and ready for fun.

Team pink by abino light

The Lake Erie North Shore Standup

Last year Gidget, Possum, Jim Dandy and surfer George participated in this event. It was very well run and every one had a great time.

If any of you want to try a sup race this would be the event.


Event Details

The Lake Erie North Shore Standup is a paddleboarding race that celebrates Lake Erie Love. A fun race for all ages and paddleboarding levels.

Come for the weekend. We will pick the best weather date for the race, aiming for Saturday. The fun face starts at Nickel Beach, Port Colborne: 5-km, 10-km, and a 20-km distances. Trophies by age, distance categories or for people who raise the most for the Eco-Trail. Beach party at the Palmwood, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie.

Rain date activities:  a tour of Marcy’s Woods with the Bert Miller Nature Club, SUP clinics and restoration activities hosted by the NOTL Surf Club.

Proceeds from this event will support development of the Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail, a 600-km trail project spearheaded by Carolinian Canada with many partners.

Registration open:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m. (including time to shuttle cars. Please show up on time)

Race start time: 10 a.m. Nickel Beach, Port Colborne

End point and beach party: Crystal Beach, Fort Erie
View the route map on Google Maps.

Ask friends and family to support you by making donations to the trail in your name to win prizes using this page: Lake Erie Stewardship Coastal Eco-Trail

Paddlers will be accompanied by the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit, water crew, road crew and paddle guides.

Get event details and connect with other participants on Twitter – @NorthShoreSUP #northshoreSUP #LakeErieLove
Like us and join our community on Facebook

For more information, please contact Katherine Balpataky.



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