Mahoning

Mahoning

Mahoning, is a wooden vessel build in 1847. The ill-fated Mahoning succumbed to the waters of Lake Michigan, not once, but twice in the Fall of 1864. On November 4, the Mahoning was caught in a storm while sailing from Chicago to Green Bay. The captain attempted to make it to the Sheboygan harbor, but strong winds ended up driving the ship aground four miles south of the harbor. A salvage crew spent then few weeks repairing the vessel. On December 1, they set out for Chicago with Mahoning in tow. As fate would have it, another storm struck, capsizing the vessel with the captain and first mate trapped below deck. Both crew members perished.

Today, Mahoning lies south of Niagara between Port Washington and Sheboygan in about 55 feet of water. Because Mahoning is more intact than Niagara, many divers prefer this wreck. The modest depth and good visibility make it an idea dive for those new to Great Lakes diving.

Maximum depth: 55 feet
Distance to deck: 52 feet
Moorings: Unreliable.
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

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