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Milwaukee's Best Shore Dive

The S.S. Appomattox was one of the largest wooden ships ever built for the Great Lakes. Constructed in 1896 by James Davidson of West Bay City, Michigan, the Appomattox was 319 feet long with a 42 foot beam. Appomattox generally carried iron ore on her eastward voyages and coal on her westward voyages. She could carry as much as 3000 tons of cargo. In 1905, Appomattox ran aground off of Shorewood, Wisconsin. Despite two weeks of effort, she eventually broke up and the crew was forced to abandon her.

Divers can expect to see lake perch, large mouth bass, brown trout, and even the occasional lake sturgeon on the wreck. The wreck itself is spread over a large area. Divers can locate the wreck by taking a straight easterly heading from the north side of the northern most jetty off the park.

Visibility can range from 0 to 30+ feet. Wave action of any kind can drop visibility quickly, and it is difficult to judge visibility from the surface as conditions on the bottom can vary considerably from that on the surface.

Maximum depth: 30 feet
Average depth: 15 feet
Moorings: Midship
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

Special considerations: Divers can access the Appomattox from a boat or from shore off from Atwater Beach in Shorewood. Shore entries are definitely reserved for divers who are in excellent shape, as the five story trek up and down the stairway from the park to the beach is extremely physically demanding. A path has been recently constructed to allow carts to be used to get to and from the beach, but the trek to the beach remains difficult. In addition, the wreck lies approximately 300 yards from shore, making the swim to the wreck challenging as well.

Regardless of how you get to the wreck, divers are always advised to check on water conditions as most wave action can reduce visibility at this site. A calm period of 2 or more days is often required for visibility to improve once the bottom is disturbed.

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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 6 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 09 May 2020 at 09:00
  • Places Available: 6
  • 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 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 14 Jun 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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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 19 Jul 2020 12 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 19 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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