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Dive the Milwaukee Car Ferry and the Dredge #6
We will be diving with Capt. Andrew Grove of AJ Dive Charters The boat will leave the Dock Promptly at 8:00am. Please arrive at the dock by 7:30am It is $110 per diver. Once paid, there will be no refunds made, it will be up to each diver to find another diver to take their spot if they can't make the charter. I will follow up later with an email with information on how to pay via PayPal. Milwaukee car ferry Service History The steam powered rail car ferry Manistique Marquette Northern I was launched at Cleveland, Ohio in December 1902. Her name was changed to Milwaukee in late 1908 when she was sold to the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company to be used on the Milwaukee-Grand Haven run carrying boxcars or freight. Her earlier years had reflected frequent changes in ownership and management, but the Milwaukee served the Grand Trunk Company well with only minor accidents. She spent many winters in Grand Haven working through the frozen harbor. Final Voyage "October 22,1929. The car ferry Milwaukee left Milwaukee at 3;00 p.m. for the return trip to Grand Haven, heading into a northeaster gale. She passed the U.S. Lightship No.95 at 3:45 p.m. three miles east of Milwaukee, and was never seen again. According to her message case, by 8:30 that night, she was taking in water fast and had turned around, heading back towards Milwaukee. By then, the sea gate was bent in and the crews quarters were flooded." Since there were no survivors, it will never be known what exactly happened, but it appears that she had turned so her stern was to the seas and with the sea gate bent in, waves passing onto and below the decks swamped her. It appears the rail cars had broken loose and may have caused the damage to the sea gate. In 1972 divers located the wreck ten miles off the Milwaukee breakwater, resting upright in 120 feet of water. Today The wreck of the Milwaukee lies in 125 feet of water off of Whitefish Bay approximately six miles north of Milwaukee and three miles off shore. The wreck sits upright on a sand and muck bottom with the superstructure about 100 feet east of the hull. The cargo of tubs along with railroad cars (one has three cars in it) are still located on the wreck. Some of the stern box cars are missing and at least one is sideways on the deck. Dredge No. 6 Service History Dredge No.6 is better known in modern times as Dredge 906. The 685-gross-ton crane dredge was fitted with a boom and a dipper, along with equipment for dredging purposes. The dredge had a steel hull and main deck along with a wooden superstructure, which protected certain machinery and equipment along with providing accommodations for the workers employed by the dredging company. This superstructure was not constructed to withstand rough weather on the open lake. It was intended for harbor, or some other safe refuge work. Final Voyage May 23, 1956. The Dredge No. 6, often known as Dredge #906 was under the command of Captain Martin Walsh and was engaged in dredging operations in Lake Michigan near the town of Oak Creek approximately eleven miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 110-foot floating platform foundered as it was being towed to shelter amid 55 mph winds by the motor tug E. James Fucik. Late in the evening, the winds had increased to the point where it was decided to move to shelter in Milwaukee Harbor. Winds worsened, the dredge began to ship water and list. A guy wire holding up the dipper boom parted and soon the vessel capsized and sank. The sixteen foot, wooden yawl boat was not launched and as a result nine of the nineteen on board lost their lives most of whom drowned. Today Today, the Dredge 906 rests upside down in about sixty feet of water. The hull rests on her crane and the bottom is made up of fine silt which is easily stirred up by divers.

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Respond by: 6/21/2018
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