The Niagara is a 245 foot luxury, wooden steamer that sank on September 24,1856, following a fire that engulfed the center portion of the ship. 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. Today the Niagara lies in about 50 feet of water 8 miles north northeast of Port Washington, and almost directly east 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 keep points of interest.
Maximum Depth: 52 feet
Distance to deck: 40 feet
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate