Sun Dog: Hammond, Indiana

Sun Dog, a 36 foot 2002 Prokat Catamaran with twin 300 HP Suzuki Outboards. Purchased and outfitted with your comfort and safety in mind, the Sun Dog will get you on the wrecks fast and smoothly! The Sun Dog will be running out of Hammond Marina.

*All runs are two tank charters.

So, how about those shipwrecks?

Show me the wrecks from Hammond Marina!
This 240 foot long self-loading barge was built in 1929. Her unique design allowed her to travel under the bridges of Chicago without them being raised. She sank during a storm in 1936, and today she sits upright in 30 feet of water. The MSB was lost off the SouthMaterial Services Barge Chicago lighthouse and was carrying sand. It was foundered in a heavy gale, and was not designed to withstand open lake environments. In the end, roughly 15 to 22 lives were lost in the event. Sunk: July 29, 1936 Depth: 22-38 Feet         Book Now!
Built in 1895, she sank in 40 feet of water 3 miles from the Calumet City lighthouse. She capsized when overtaken by a northeast gale wind on September 29, 1906, off the entrance to the Chicago Harbor. The large amount of water in the holds caused the center of gravity to shift with each wave. The Ames and a second tug, the Perfection, returned to help the ferry. She gave a sudden lurch, began recovering, and then flipped clean over. She took the lives of 6 of her crew with her. Her cargo consisted of 28 railroad cars sitting on 4 tracks. They were also loaded with iron ore, telegraph poles and lumber. Although difficult to find, this 300′ long wreck is still interesting and well worth seeing. It was a fatal decision. The barge continued to list to port. The Ames and a second tug, the Perfection, returned to rescue the barge. She gave a sudden lurch, started to recover, then flipped clean over. Sunk: September 29, 1906 Depth: 42 Feet         Book Now!
At the time of her sinking in 1907, the Illinois was the largest hydraulic dredge on the Lake. Today she rests in 35 feet of water near another dive site, the Holly Barge, Chicago’s first intentional shipwreck. The Illinois was a tug guided sand dredge. There is a pile of plates and general Illinois and Holly Bargewreckage mess including a large centrifugal pump lying at an oblique angle. There is a slightly spooky feel at night, simply because of the amount of wreckage and yet no life or seaweed around it. There is a newly sunk barge nearby, the Holly Barge, sunk specifically for divers. This wreck is upright and in excellent condition. It is possible to penetrate inside. Sunk: 1920s/1930s & May 6, 2000 (respectively) Depth: 24-33 Feet         Book Now!
The Flora was built in 1875 in Milwaukee and has a length of 174 feet. It was lost on November 14, 1912 in a harbor in Chicago. Thankfully, there was no loss of life. Crushed by ice in Nov. of 1912, she lies in 28 feet of water. In 1913 she was dynamited by the Army Corps because she posed a hazard to navigation. At the time of her sinking, her cargo was a load of automotive lamps made of solid brass. Some remain to Flora M. Hillbe found among the wreckage; spend a lot of time digging around and you may be lucky to find one – but put them back – looking only, no souvenir hunting allowed! Essentially, she was crushed, blown up and became a debris field. Sunk: November 14, 1912 Depth: 36 Feet         Book Now!
The schooner ship was built in 1855 in Buffalo with a length of 130 feet. It was lost on May 12, 1866, 6 miles northeast of the Chicago River mouth. It now rests roughly 50 feet below water. On a dark night, the Wings of Wind collided with the H.P. Baldwin due to a lack of visual with one Wings of Windanother, and sank. The bark of the Baldwin crushed the side of the schooner, but fortunately the crew of the Wings was able to escape in her yawl before sinking. Sunk: May 12, 1866 Depth: 40-45 Feet Book Now!
Sunk: November 4, 1929 Depth: 27-35 Feet       Book Now!
Built in 1881 in Toledo with a length of 265 feet, this schooner was transporting coal on its last voyage. Thankfully, there was no loss of life in the incident. She was lost on November 25, 1889. While towing steamer Aurora with barge Adams and bound for Chicago, the Dows broke her back on a series of big waves during a storm and went down in 42 feet of water. Her 5 masts wereDavid Dows emergent after sinking and became a serious navigational problem for vessels approaching Chicago, until winter ice removed them. The hull has been partly removed in 1908, but remains are a frequent dive target. Dows is reportedly the largest and most capacious schooner in the world when built, but her various owners found her impractical. She was thus used mostly as a towed barge and probably the only 5-master ever built on the lakes. Sunk: November 30, 1889 Depth: 40-45 Feet Book Now!
The Louisville was built in 1853 in Buffalo with a length of 137 feet. She had a short life afloat sinking on September 29, 1857 off Calumet, Illinois. Fire was discovered in her cargo hold approximately amidships. Even though she had to be abandoned quickly, of herLouisville crew and the fifteen passengers aboard, only one died, a fireman who was lost when one of her lifeboats capsized. She burned to a total loss. The Northern Transportation Liner was bound for St. Joseph, Michigan from Chicago. She now rests in a depth of 60 feet below water. Sunk: February 2, 1893 Depth: 60 feet Book Now!
The Buccaneer is a 100 foot long patrol boat with a 23 foot beam that served from 1925 to 1936. This was one of 13 patrol boats armed with a 23-caliber gun constructed for the U.S. Coast Guard to be used against rum runners in the Great Lakes and the Gulf of BuccaneerMexico. After the ships retirement from patrolling the waters, it ended its working career as a pirate-themed charter craft that could be hired anytime for a party by calling 1-800-PARTY-BOAT. The Buccaneer has been sunk and now rests below 72 feet of water 10 miles off Chicago. Sunk: June 18, 2010 Depth: 72 Feet Book Now!
The Rotarian was built in 1889 in Sandusky, Ohio. It was approximately 147 feet long with a beam of 27 feet. The vessel spent many years as a passenger excursion ship. When it moved to Chicago in the 1920’s, this aging vessel was used successively as a dance hall, the home of the Cook County Democrats, and as a restaurant that offered illegal bootleg alcohol during Prohibition. Even Al Capone Rotarianentertained on this ship. After sinking at its dock, the Rotarian was raised and towed out into Lake Michigan on Sept. 28, 1931, and scuttled. The wreck lies at 84 feet with much to see: boiler, the collapsed hull, its propeller, and, amidst the hull timbers, numerous beer bottles from Prohibition days. Sunk: September 28, 1931 Depth: 80-84 Feet Book Now!
The historic Great Lakes steamship STRAITS OF MACKINAC arrived in Chicago on Tuesday June 25th, from Kewaunee Wisconsin. Slated to be sunk at a location Northeast of Navy Pier as an artificial reef and recreational site for scuba divers. The purpose of sinking the 200 foot long coal-fired car ferry is to increase recreational tourism to Chicago and also by providing an attractive habitat for perch,Straights of Mackinac bass and other native species. The ship will enhance Chicago’s sport fishing industry and add a new, intact shipwreck that will make the Straits of Mackinac the first substantial wreck in Chicago waters since 1929. The purpose of sinking the 200 foot long coal-fired car ferry is to increase recreational tourism to Chicago and also by providing an attractive habitat for perch, bass and other native species. The ship will enhance Chicago’s sport fishing industry and add a new, intact shipwreck that will make the Straits of Mackinac the first substantial wreck in Chicago waters since 1929. Sunk: April 10, 2003 Depth: 42-80 FeetBook Now!
The Wells Burt was built by the Detroit Dry Dock Co. and launched in 1873 as a bulk carrier. Her length reached 201 feet with a beam of 33.5 feet. Her hold was over 14 feet of depth and could carry about 50,000 bushels of corn. She only served for 10 years on the Great Lakes. A furious storm took its toll on the ship while en route from Buffalo to Chicago with a load of coal. The storm was so powerful that the residents of Chicago reported an upward spraying of over 100 feet. The steering gear was disabled and the ship was forced to submit to the strength of the storm. In the end, all eleven crew members perished. Over one hundred years after sinking, in 1988, professional divers notified the Underwater Archaeological Society that they had discovered the sunken ship. This wreck is unique to Chicago shipwrecks, as the Wells Burt is almost completely intact. She now rests at a depth of 40 feet. Sunk: May 20, 1883 Depth: 38-45 Feet Book Now!
On September 7, 1860 however the atmosphere aboard the refurbished Lady Elgin was festive. On board were 350 passengers, and 35 crew members bound for Milwaukee. Sometime between 10 and 11pm, the ship departed Chicago where most of her passengers had listened earlier that day to a presidential campaign speech by Stephen A. Douglas. As the ship steamed against heavy northeast winds, a Lady ElginGerman brass band entertained everyone on board. By 2:30 in the morning on September 8, they were approximately 16 miles north of Chicago. Many passengers were asleep in their staterooms, although accounts say that some were still dancing to the band. Outside however the sailors had to contend with heavy thunderstorms, gale force winds, and the sudden appearance of a small schooner called the Augusta. Although the Lady Elgin was brightly lit, the Augusta was dark, making her difficult to see at night in a squall. And due to the heavy winds, her speed was eleven knots per hour. A coroner’s inquest later revealed that the Augusta’s second mate had seen the lights of the passenger steamer thirty minutes before the accident, but no attempt to correct course was taken for another twenty minutes. Sunk: September 8, 1860 Depth: 55 FeetBook Now!
The Thomas Hume, which was operating in the lumber industry, transported lumber from Muskegon to Chicago. One day, the schooner went missing with six men aboard during a squall on Lake Michigan on May 21, 1891. Among many theories that aroseThomas Hume over the time of the disappearance was that the captain sailed to another port, re-painted the Thomas Hume and took it for his own. Another theory was that a much larger steamer ran down the schooner and the steamer’s captain swore his crew to secrecy. Sunk: May 21, 1891 Depth: 145 Feet Book Now!
   

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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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