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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 idea 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  
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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