The steel car ferry Milwaukee sank in a Lake Michigan gale with all hands on October 22, 1929. At the time of it’s sinking it was a 338 foot long ferry carrying train cars and other goods across Lake Michigan. That trip is approximately 85 miles and is still done today. The sinking of the Milwaukee occurred in the early evenings hours following the ships departure into a Fall storm from the city of Milwaukee. The entire crew of 52 was lost when the boat sank only a few miles from its starting point.
In July 2008, VideoRay ROVs were used to explore this shipwreck which lies in 90 to 125 feet of water off the Wisconsin shoreline. The ROVs were able to explore the Milwaukee from end to end as well as entering several compartments.
About Discovery World Museum at Pier Wisconsin (read more on their web site)
Discovery World’s hands-on exhibits, live shows, interactive labs, S/V Denis Sullivan schooner, and aquarium combine innovation, technology, exploration, environment and fun. Located on the beautiful Lake Michigan, Discovery World guests can enjoy a public park, amphitheater, café, dock and event facilities.
This venue serves many purposes and audiences. With many ways to customize your visit, you can entertain any group of guests. There are interactive exhibits and hands-on lab activities for students. Meeting spaces with technology and catering services are available for corporations and conference planners. Guided tours are also available for large groups.