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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 Sarah Jane Saturday 09 May 2020 5 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 09 May 2020 at 09:00
  • Places Available: 5
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 9 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 14 Jun 2020 10 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 10
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Dredge No. 6 Sarah Jane Thursday 25 Jun 2020 6 US$ 75.00

  • Start Date: Thu 25 Jun 2020 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 75.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 5:30 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 12 Jul 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 12 Jul 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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S.S. Wisconsin Len-Der Saturday 25 Jul 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Departs Kenosha Marina at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Appomattox Sarah Jane Thursday 06 Aug 2020 6 US$ 75.00

  • Start Date: Thu 06 Aug 2020 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 75.00

Skill Level: Beginner. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 5:30 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Niagara Len-Der Sunday 16 Aug 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 16 Aug 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Port Washington Marina at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Northerner Len-Der Sunday 16 Aug 2020 12 US$ 75.00

  • Start Date: Sun 16 Aug 2020 at 14:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 75.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Departs Port Washington Marina at 2:00 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Milwaukee Car Ferry Len-Der Saturday 29 Aug 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 29 Aug 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 20 Sep 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 12
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding.

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