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A Great Tragedy on a Great Lake

The Niagara was a 245 foot luxury, wooden steamer that sank on September 23,1856, following a fire that engulfed the center portion of the ship. The ship was transporting more than 150 people and cargo from Sheboygan to Port Washington. More than 60 people lost their lives in this disaster, making the sinking of the Niagara one of the worst transportation accidents in Wisconsin state history and one of the worst accidents based on loss of life in the Great Lakes.

Today the Niagara lies in about 50 feet of water 7 miles north of Port Washington. The wreckage lies almost directly off the shore of Harrington Beach State Park. A mooring buoy installed by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin marks the location of the wreck. For divers, the 90 foot section of the ship’s hull, along with the boilers, are keep points of interest. The paddlewheel, once a remarkable feature of the wreck, has collapsed.

Due to the modest depth, the wreck is within the skill level of most divers. Locating the boilers, however, can be difficult as they lie more than 200 feet to the north of the main wreckage. This is because the boilers dropped to the bottom as the ship burned. The rest of the ship continued to float away until sinking well away from the boilers.

Maximum Depth: 52 feet
Distance to deck: 40 feet
Dimensions: 245' x 33'6" x 14'
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

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  Destination Boat Start Date Places Available Price  
Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 22 Sep 2019 0 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock: 8 a.m. Divers should arrive at 7:30 a.m. for boarding.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 22 Sep 2019 0 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 at 14:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock: 2 p.m. Divers should arrive at 1:30 p.m. for boarding.

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Captain's Choice Sarah Jane Thursday 03 Oct 2019 4 US$ 75.00

  • Start Date: Thu 03 Oct 2019 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 75.00

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

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Dredge No. 6 Len-Der Sunday 20 Oct 2019 7 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 7
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Departs Jerry’s Dock: 8 a.m. Divers should arrive at 7:30 a.m. for boarding.

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Milwaukee Car Ferry Sarah Jane Saturday 02 Nov 2019 4 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Sat 02 Nov 2019 at 09:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Departs Jerry’s Dock: 9 a.m. Divers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. for boarding.

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Captain's Choice Len-Der Wednesday 01 Jan 2020 0 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Wed 01 Jan 2020 at 00:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

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Captain's Choice Len-Der Wednesday 01 Jan 2020 0 US$ 75.00

  • Start Date: Wed 01 Jan 2020 at 00:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 75.00

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