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Kenosha's Famous Shipwreck

S.S. Wisconsin was originally launched in 1881. At the time, she was one of the most lavish and technologically advanced steamers of her day. She was one of the first iron-hulled vessels on the Great Lakes and marked a turning pointing in ship construction. 

S.S. Wisconsin underwent several name changes and overhauls during her service. Her original name had been returned to her prior to her sinking on October 27, 1929, the night before the 1929 Wall Street crash. S.S. Wisconsin sunk off from Kenosha, Wisconsin, while making a run to Milwaukee. She was caught in a heavy gale that resulted in her taking on water. All but nine of her crew were able to abandon ship before she sunk. Her captain was retrieved from the water alive but died a short time later from exposure.

S.S. Wisconsin now lies fully upright in 130 of water off Kenosha. Her deck rises about 30 feet off the lake bottom, and she is fully intact. Typically visibility is good on this wreck, making it a favorite for advanced recreational Great Lakes divers.

Maximum depth: 130 feet
Distance to deck: 100 feet
Moorings: Wisconsin historical society buoy should be attached during the local dive season. Buoy is normally attached to the bow.
Skill level: Advanced

Special considerations: Because of the depth an Advanced Open Water certification is required and Deep Specialty is recommended. Great Lakes diving experience is mandatory. This dive site is often selected for technical dive training.

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  Destination Boat Start Date Places Available Price  
Milwaukee Car Ferry Len-Der Friday 02 Jul 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Fri 02 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep specialty 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 Jul 2021 3 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 11 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 3
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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 18 Jul 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 18 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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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Milwaukee Car Ferry Len-Der Tuesday 20 Jul 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Tue 20 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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S.S. Wisconsin Len-Der Sunday 25 Jul 2021 1 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 25 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 1
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Advanced. Advanced Open Water certification required. Deep certification recommended. Departs Kenosha Marina 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 Tuesday 27 Jul 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Tue 27 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Saturday 31 Jul 2021 1 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 31 Jul 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 1
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

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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Appomattox Sarah Jane Thursday 05 Aug 2021 2 US$ 85.00

  • Start Date: Thu 05 Aug 2021 at 17:30
  • Places Available: 2
  • Our Price: US$ 85.00

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

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Prins Willem V Len-Der Saturday 14 Aug 2021 0 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Aug 2021 at 14:00
  • Places Available: 0
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Jerry’s Dock at 1:30 p.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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Niagara Len-Der Sunday 22 Aug 2021 3 US$ 125.00

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Aug 2021 at 08:00
  • Places Available: 3
  • Our Price: US$ 125.00

Skill Level: Intermediate. Advanced Open Water certification required. Departs Port Washington Marina at 8 a.m. Divers should arrive 30 minutes before boarding. All dive charter sales are final.

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