The reason I came here was to try and find a wreck that another diver told me about. He said to go down one of the roads that lead down from Mill Bay Road to the water. He couldn't remember the name of the road, but said it was the one with a bench at the end of the road and steps to the beach. He then said to turn right on the beach and walk for awhile. There would be a buoy marking the wreck (he said it was a steel tugboat-type vessel 50 feet deep). I found the only road with a bench at the end, then steps to the beach (Shorewood Road). This was in February, 2006. I walked down to the right and eventually, sure enough there were 2 large buoys. One was around 50 meters off-shore and the other one was about 100 meters. I swam out to both of them, but there were just cement-filled drums anchoring the line at the bottom (50 feet deep). There were some orange plumose anemones and an octopus around these drums. Other than that, there was a lot of mud. Visibility was around 15 feet. I swam quite a ways around this area in all directions, but didn't find anything except for more old drum-molded cement buoy-"anchors". Closer in to shore, 10-20 feet deep there was a field of orange plumose anemones and sunflower stars in the gravel. So much for this place.
I stopped at the Mill Bay Marina and casually asked the guy in the office about a nearby wreck. "Sure" he said. "That's it right there" and pointed to a big yellow buoy around 100 meters off the dock. He said it was called the "Lord Jim" and was a 100-year old 50-60 foot-long steel/wood boat that sunk about 5 years ago. He said the water was 60 feet deep there and the mast (not a sailboat mast) came so close to the surface that they had to put the yellow buoy there to mark it. On their website, the Underwater Archeological Society of B.C. said they visited a 50-something foot-long wreck of a fishing boat called "Lord Jim" in Mill Bay.
I figured info doesn't get much more specific than that so I came back the next week. I swam out to the buoy, descended and found a cement mooring-block on a muddy bottom 30 feet deep. Visibility was around 6 feet. I searched all around the block for a decent distance and even dug around in the mud by the block to see if there was a chain leading off somewhere, but there was just mud. There were more orange plumose anemones here. Most of them were polite, but I could tell that some of them were laughing at me. I swam in widening circles, searching and using up my air before swimming back while waving my fist at the marina guy's window. I don't know if he actually believed the things he told me or if he was your typical marina-type with lots of spare time and access to solvents. If anyone else wants to tell me where the wreck is, I now require them to leave a hostage as a deposit. They will be released after I dive and confirm that the story's not B.S. The hostage must be an immediate family member between the ages of 8 and 65 (for liability reasons). My e-mail address is in the "Contact" link on the main page.