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MILWAUKEE CAR FERRY

The Great Car Ferry

On October 22, 1929, a powerful autumn storm hit the Great Lakes. According to legend, the weather looked bad enough that some of the crew of the Milwaukee Car Ferry stayed at the bar rather than boarding the ship scheduled to transport a load of railroad cars from Milwaukee to Muskegon. Tragically for the 52 crew members who did board her, the Milwaukee Car Ferry never made it to Muskegon.

For decades the 325 foot car ferry was lost until she was located in 1972 about 3 miles off from Whitefish Bay. Based upon the damage visible to the seagate, it appears that the gale force winds rocked the ship, causing the railroad cars she was carrying to leave their tracks and roll into the seagate. The seagate was bent, which allowed water to enter the vessel and sink her.

Milwaukee Car Ferry WheelhouseThe Milwaukee Car Ferry is the second largest ship ever lost on Lake Michigan. The railroad cars she was carrying are still aboard, and a small hole cut by divers permits penetration of her engine room. However, the depth of the wreck and its continuing deterioration make diving the Milwaukee rather dangerous.

During the sinking of the Milwaukee Car Ferry, the wheelhouse was sheered off and floated more than 100 feet off her port side. On some days the wheelhouse is visible from the main wreck. At times there is also a line running over to the wheelhouse from the bow. Depth at the wheelhouse is about 124 feet.

Visibility on the Milwaukee Car Ferry is unpredicable. Historically the wreck was known for very poor visibility, but in recent years conditions have been much better with visibility sometimes exceeding 100'. However, this can vary greatly from day to day.

Maximum Depth: 124 feet
Distance to deck: 90 feet
Moorings: Bow and Stern
Dimensions: 338' x 56' x 19'5"
Skill level: Advanced

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The dates below represent our current charter schedule. Sign up for either a 1 dive ($75) or 2 dive ($110) charter by clicking the shopping cart icon below.

  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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