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Lake Michigan Wrecks

Your $25 non-refundable deposit to Madison Scuba will reserve your spot. The balance ($115) is due the day of the dive to Great Lake Diving Center.  AOW with deep certification is required

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The Hetty Taylor sits on a sandy bottom five miles east of Sheboygan, Wisconsin in  105 feet of water. Visibility ranges from 10 to 50 feet, and water temperature in the summer varies from 40 to 60º Fahrenheit. The Hetty Taylor offers an exceptional opportunity to explore one of the many small coastal schooners that once connected the communities of Lake Michigan. However, due to the depth of the site, the dive is recommended for advanced divers only.

The Selah Chamberlain was registered as a steam barge in May of 1873. She had a single deck and three masts. Within a year another deck was added thereby increasing her carrying capacity. She generally was used to transport items such as coal, iron ore and wheat between Buffalo and Duluth. She was often seen towing a consort to further increase the carrying capacity.

The vessel Northerner lies upright and reasonably intact in 140 feet of water. The main mast is still in place, rising 75 feet above the deck. The stern mast had been recovered for a local museum. The hold still contains the cargo of cordwood, the logs still stacked up to the deck openings. The deck cargo of wood was removed at Port Washington prior to the accident. The windlass, anchor chain, center board winch along with the bow sprit and figure head are still in place.

The main wreck of the Niagra lies in 55 feet of water and consists of the aft end of the ship; the bilge is broken just forward of the machinery; the side of the hull have broken at the turn of the bilge and lie flat alongside on the bottom. The central keelson and two floor keelsons are extant, as is the vessel machinery, engine, walking beam, and triple firebox boilers (the last are north of the main wreck). The vessel's paddlewheels are extant but largely broken up: hub and inner spokes remain attached, the portside wheel is better preserved and still has portions of the buckets (or floats) articulated.

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