February 2, 1893
A proud product of the Buffalo shipbuilding industry in the 19th century, the Louisville was launched in 1853 with a length of 137 feet. While working as a liner for Northern Transportation, the Louisville caught fire while on a short voyage from St. Joseph, Michigan to Chicago. The fire spread quickly requiring a fast evacuation of her captain and crew. Miraculously, only one crewmember was lost in the disaster, a fireman who perished when his lifeboat capsized. On that fateful day, the Louisville burned and sunk as a total loss. While she only served a few short years, until 1857, the wreck of the Louisville still serves as a great wreck site for intermediate divers. Resting in 60 feet of water, she is perfect for divers with a few dives under their weight belts. We visit the Louisville from Hammond Marina.