ALMA: Milwaukee, WI

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32 Foot cruiser with twin V8’s
Spacious and comfortable boat with an enclosed cabin
Knowledgeable, experienced captains and crew
Safety equipment including O2 Kit
Easy on/off with a walk through transom
Fins on ladder
Holds six divers comfortably
Large dive deck
Water and fresh fruit provided on all trips
Easy online booking
Phone support with a live captain in that area
Click a marker to see wreck pricing and information

So, how about those shipwrecks?

Show me the wrecks in Milwaukee,

Departed Milwaukee with mixed cargo during heavy overcast and strong winds. Collided with Sinclair Oil Com-any Barge 12 (in tow of the tug Chicago) three miles off Milwaukee Harbor and sank in 90 feet of water. The crew of the Prins WillemV was rescued by Milwaukee Coast Guard. Owners filed suit against Sinclair Refining Co. for 2,000,000 dollars for damages; alleged that the barge was not equipped with running lights, tug was inadequately lit, tow was unseaworthy and carelessly handled.” A Coast Guard board of inquiry was held and found both Captains to blame for the accident. Major attempts to raise the Prins Willem V in 1958, 1961 and a few attempts after 1965 all failed.

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. Book Now!

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.

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.         Book Now!

The Dredge #906 (#6) was under the command of Capt. Martin Walsh when the 110-foot floating platform foundered as it was being towed to shelter amid 55 mph winds by the tug E. James Fucik. Of the nineteen on board, only ten survived in the 55-foot-deep water off Cudahy, Wis.

Today, divers will find the Dredge 906 upside down with about 30 feet of water over her bottom. She rests on her crane and is rumored to contain the bodies of some of her crew. She lies 6 1/4 miles off of the Milwaukee Harbor Light at 130 degrees.

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The steel tug Edward E. Gillen capsized off Milwaukee during cable-testing exercises with the 286 foot Coast Guard icebreaker Westwind, which involved stretching a cable between the tug and the Coast Guard vessel. The cable had been run from the Westwind to the Gillen’s stern and apparently the Westwind began to move and pulled the Gillen’s stern under water, causing her to capsize. In the investigation that followed, the Coast Guard maintained that their contract specified a bow attachment for the cable, while the tug’s captain maintained that a stern attachment was necessary, otherwise the tug, which had only 60% power available while moving in reverse, would be overpowered if the Westwind began to move. Also, an engineer for the Gillen Co. testified that “the Westwind was moving when he thought it should be stationary.” The four crew was picked up by the Westwind after seven minutes in the 48 degree water.

The tug rests in 74 feet of water approximately two and one-half miles off shore near the south end of Hoan bridge. The pilot house and engine room are pretty much intact. Book Now!

The Grace A. Channon was lost on August 2, 1877, when the salvage ship the Favorite hit her on her port side. In the accident, the seven-year-old son of the co-owner, Alexander Grahm, of Chicgao, was lost. She was captained by Simon N. Murray at the time of her loss. The wreck of the Grace Channon sits in 200 feet of water on a sandy bottom on an even keel, totally intact. The cabin is still intact, which you do not often find, meaning that the ship sank slowly allowing air to escape. The masts are broken, and rigging is scattered all over the deck. Book Now!
“The propeller St. Albans foundered about 15 miles northeast of Milwaukee on 1/30/1881. The vessel had left Milwaukee at 9 am, bound for Ludington MI with a cargo of flour and livestock. At that time she was found to be free of water, and since she was constantly encountering fields of ice as she made her way across the lake, the pumps were continually tried, and the vessel found to be dry. At approximately 10:45 am, however, the engineer reported that the vessel was rapidly making water and within 30 minutes the steamer’s fires were put out, despite the crew’s efforts to stop the leak. The leak was found to be a hole in the port bow about a foot long, probably caused by ice. The crew of 20 and the 6 passengers then abandoned the propeller, and successfully reached Milwaukee. That April fishermen reported tangling their nets in the St. Albans wreckage.” The St. Albans lies in 165 feet of water about 15 miles northnortheast of Milwaukee’s North Point. She is mostly intact.Book Now!
She was a three-mast wooden schooner that carried lumber and coal cargoes over her years. In the early 1900s she was converted to a two-mast schooner barge. Her name was probably changed at this time also. The EMBA was used in this capacity until she was stripped and scuttled off Milwaukee’s North Point in 1932, not far from the wreck of the St. Albans

Today the schooner rests in 165 feet of water near the wreck of the St. Albans. She lies somewhat intact, broken by the force of hitting the bottom.

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In 1944 the M.H. Stuart was used as a scrap barge at Milwaukee Harbor. Later her cabins were removed and she was used as a barge until 1948 when she sank at her dock. She was then pumped out filled with rocks and towed eight miles out of Milwaukee Harbor, burned and finally sunk in 200 feet of water. The M.H. Stuart rests upright in two hundred feet of water with fish net wrapped around parts of her bow and stern. Large portions of her has been burned but much of her decking still exists along with the rudder and propeller.Book Now!

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Stuff To Bring, Dive Buddies, and Directions...it's all right here!

What To Bring
Certification Card, Regulator, BCD, 2 Tanks, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Exposure Protection, Dive Boots, Save a Dive Kit, Dive Lights, Food/Drinks, Cutting Device, Weights, Wreck Reel, Signal Marker Buoy, UW Camera,  Hood & Gloves Bring Completed Liability Release - CLICK HERE TO PRINT Notes: - Be sure to have all equipment you need to dive and do NOT rely on equipment to be on the boat. - You may want to bring Dramamine or Sea Sickness pills as the lake can make people who “have grown up on the water” end up feeding the fish.  You want a fun trip and sea sickness is NO FUN. - Please also dress for the weather that is and could be.  The lake can be cold, hot, rainy, or dry and you will be miles from shore so come prepared and check the weather reports. - Respect the size of the boat and only bring things that you may need and pack small.  Checking your equipment 2 nights before your dives is highly recommended to ensure you have everything you need and it is working properly. - Bring your Certification Card on EVERY dive Trip.  No card, No dive.  This is for the Coast Guard and we are strict on this rule! - Be sure you are diving within your training.  You are responsible for having the proper certification for the diving you will do. (deep, wreck penetration, drysuit, night). - You should also not be trying out new equipment or making major equipment changes.  These are the dives you bought the best equipment for and the reason you did all your training.  This is not the time to learn how to use your gear or do these dives (unless you are doing training with an Instructor). Make sure that you have the proper certifications for the dive you are planning.  Plan your Dive and Dive your Plan! Not being able to dive due to a forgotten mask or other equipment is not grounds for a refund. Refunds will ONLY be given if there is an issue with the boat or weather.  Rain does not cancel a trip, only the captain does. Get ready to have a great time diving some of the best wrecks on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron!
Rental Equipment
CURRENTLY, RENTAL GEAR IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CHARTERS ON THE SUN DOG OUT OF HAMMOND, IN. We are working to add rental gear to our other locations, stay tuned! Our partner, Dive Right In Scuba carries the largest inventory when it comes to rental equipment. All of their equipment is serviced twice a year to ensure there are no issues for your scuba dive excursion. All BCDs are weight integrated, regulator sets all have dive computers with compasses, and their pricing is LOW!

Equipment First Day Extra Day Weekly
BCD $10.00 $5.00 $40.00
Regulator $12.00 $6.00 $48.00
7mm Wetsuit $10.00 $5.00 $40.00
Aluminum Tank $8.00 $4.00 $32.00
Steel Tank Weights and/or Belt $5.00 $3.00 $16.00
Gear Bag $3.00 $2.00 $12.00
Drysuit w/ Boots $75.00 $35.00 $300.00
Undergarment $20.00 $10.00 $80.00
Full Face Mask (mask only) $15.00 $8.00 $64.00
Hollis Scooters $85.00 $55.00 $440.00
Underwater Camera (bring your own SD card)  $35  $18  $100

*Please note we can bring your equipment to the boat for an additional $35 fee, but we must have minimum of 3 days notice to get it on the boat. Give them a call at, 815-267-8400 to rent equipment for your trip, or see our other partners near you.

Need A Dive Buddy?
One of the Best places to look for a buddy is the Double Action Dive Charters Facebook Page.  Make sure to like the page to stay tuned on other last minute dive opportunities on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron!dris_chartersfacebook Quite often diver's discuss our charters and make arrangements for buddies on our Partner's page, Dive Right In Scuba. So remember to check there for potential new friends. xlogo.png.pagespeed.ic.Yn7oyIfEjr Login to Scubaboard to meet new friends from all over the world!  There are tons of Scuba Fans that are looking to dive the Great Lakes!  See who is coming out to dive, and meet some new people on your Dive Charter. scubaboard For all your Technical Diving needs, check out The Deco Stop!  Look for new trips as we head up north for deeper Technical Diving Wreck Dives. decologonew_01152010  
Book The Whole Boat!
Looking for a private charter for you and your friends? You can book the whole boat at a reduced rate. Whether it is diving or just a day or night on the water, our Boats are available for your excursion with an experienced Captain! Day or Night Boat Rides Great for fireworks, Air & Water Show, or anything else on the lake. Includes all gas, captain, fruit, and water. Diving Looking for a private charter with your friends? Whether you have 2 people or a large group, our boats are available. Contact us about getting your group out on a boat for a private day, weekend, or week!   Private Trips Pricing varies depending on location.  Call or email for help with your adventure Don’t see a trip you want to do? Simply CONTACT us to get a custom quote for your trip!
Directions and Checklists
Northpoint Marina can be found HERE Hammond Marina can be found HERE

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