Milwaukee Car Ferry & Prins Willem V


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.

The wreck of the Prins Willem V is intact, resting on its side in 69' of water on a clay bottom; length is 258'. Ships machinery, cargo (printing presses, automobile parts, twine & band instruments) and equipment are intact; large open hatches may be found on deck. Large tanks used in a salvage effort may be found along side the wreck.

We will be diving with Capt. Andrew Grove of AJ Dive Charters

The cost is $110 per diver (five divers minimum), but if we fill the boat with six divers you'll get a $20 refund. Once paid, there will be no refunds made. If you can't make the charter, it will be up to each diver to find another qualified diver to take their spot, though the organizer can provide suggestions.

To sign up, put yourself on the waitlist. For the first week, sustaining members will be cleared onto the "going" list, and then it is open to everyone. Once cleared, you will be contacted with payment information.

You must read and agree to the CSM liability waiver (, and indicate your cold water and deep diving experience, and certification. On the day of the dive, there is also a waiver provided by AJ Scuba to which you must agree.

Divers are responsible for providing their own equipment, including tanks and weights.

Please arrive by 7:30 am for an 8:00 am departure.

You can learn more about the wrecks at the following links: