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The Little Tug that Sank

The Edward E. Gillen is a 56 foot tug boat with a steel hull and 15 foot beam. On June 3, 1981 the Gillen Tug capsized and sank 2 1/2 miles east of Milwaukee while testing a towing winch. The cable-testing exercises was with the 286 foot Coast Guard icebreaker Westwind, which involved stretching a cable between the tug and the Coast Guard vessel. When the two vessels where attached the Westwind started to move, pulling the Gillen’s stern underwater ultimately capsizing the boat. No lives were lost.

Now the Gillen sits upright and the pilot house and engine room are pretty much intact. The vessel lies within a half mile of the wrecked Prins Willem V. The depth and length of the wreck make it perfect for intermediate divers who are new to Lake Michigan diving.

Boat crews should note that the Gillen Tug is located in a shipping lane. Passing ships often tear out mooring lines. When a mooring is not present, you may need to anchor, a procedure which can be difficult and dangerous when seas are rough.

Distance to deck: 65 feet
Maximum depth: 75 Feet
Dimensions: 56' x 15'3" x 7'9"
Moorings: Unreliable
Skill level: Intermediate

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  Destination Boat Start Date Places Available Price  
Milwaukee Car Ferry Len-Der Sunday 09 May 2021 5 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Sun 09 May 2021 at 09:00
  • Places Available: 5
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep certification recommended. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 9 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 13 Jun 2021 4 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Dredge No. 6 Sarah Jane Thursday 17 Jun 2021 2 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Thu 17 Jun 2021 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 2
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 5:30 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 18 Jul 2021 6 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 18 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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S.S. Wisconsin Len-Der Sunday 25 Jul 2021 6 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 25 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep certification recommended. Departs Kenosha Marina at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Appomattox Sarah Jane Thursday 05 Aug 2021 4 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Thu 05 Aug 2021 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

Skill Level: Beginner. Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 5:30 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Niagara Len-Der Sunday 22 Aug 2021 6 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Aug 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Port Washington Marina at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Northerner Len-Der Sunday 22 Aug 2021 6 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Aug 2021 at 14:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

Skill Level: Advanced to Technical. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep or Tec 40 certification recommended. Departs Port Washington Marina at 2 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Lumberman Sarah Jane Saturday 28 Aug 2021 4 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 28 Aug 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 19 Sep 2021 6 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 19 Sep 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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