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The Ship that Sank Twice

Mahoning, is a wooden vessel build in 1848. The ill-fated Mahoning succumbed to the waters of Lake Michigan, not once, but twice in the Fall of 1864. On November 13, the Mahoning was caught in a storm while sailing from Chicago to Green Bay. The captain attempted to make it to the Sheboygan harbor, but strong winds ended up driving the ship aground four miles south of the harbor. A salvage crew spent the next few weeks repairing the vessel. Then on December 1, they set out for Chicago with Mahoning in tow. As fate would have it, another storm struck, capsizing the vessel with the captain and first mate trapped below deck. Both crew members perished.

Today, Mahoning lies just to the south of the Port Washington Harbor in about 55 feet of water. Because Mahoning is more intact than Niagara, many divers prefer this wreck. The modest depth and good visibility make it an ideal dive for those new to Great Lakes diving.

Divers can use the skeleton of the wreck to set their course and return to the mooring. There are two tracks that can be followed. Other debris, including the rudder, are a considerable distance from the mooring, and it is easy to lose track of the mooring for divers without strong navigation skills.

Maximum depth: 55 feet
Distance to deck: 52 feet
Dimensions: 119' x 25'5" x 9'8"
Moorings: One
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

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  Destination Boat Start Date Places Available Price  
Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 26 Sep 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 26 Sep 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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Prins Willem V Sarah Jane Thursday 30 Sep 2021 0 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 0
  • 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 03 Oct 2021 5 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 03 Oct 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 5
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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Dredge No. 6 Len-Der Sunday 17 Oct 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 17 Oct 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • 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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Milwaukee Car Ferry Sarah Jane Saturday 06 Nov 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 06 Nov 2021 at 09:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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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Captain's Choice Len-Der Saturday 01 Jan 2022 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 01 Jan 2022 at 00:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • 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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Captain's Choice Len-Der Saturday 01 Jan 2022 0 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Sat 01 Jan 2022 at 00:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

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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