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

    Destination Boat Start Date Places Available Price  
Milwaukee Car Ferry Sarah Jane Saturday 13 May 2023 5 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sat 13 May 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 5
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep certification recommended. 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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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 11 Jun 2023 0 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sun 11 Jun 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 11 Jun 2023 4 US$ 0.00

  • Start Date: Sun 11 Jun 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 0.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Dredge No. 6 Sarah Jane Saturday 17 Jun 2023 5 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sat 17 Jun 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 5
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

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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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 25 Jun 2023 0 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sun 25 Jun 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 25 Jun 2023 4 US$ 0.00

  • Start Date: Sun 25 Jun 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 0.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Appomattox Sarah Jane Thursday 06 Jul 2023 6 US$ 110.00

  • Start Date: Thu 06 Jul 2023 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 110.00

Skill Level: Beginner. Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry's Dock at 5 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Milwaukee Car Ferry Sarah Jane Saturday 08 Jul 2023 6 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sat 08 Jul 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep certification recommended. 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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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 16 Jul 2023 1 US$ 150.00

  • Start Date: Sun 16 Jul 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 1
  • Our Price: US$ 150.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Sunday 16 Jul 2023 4 US$ 0.00

  • Start Date: Sun 16 Jul 2023 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 4
  • Our Price: US$ 0.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 8:00 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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