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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 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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