Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks - Explore Shipwrecks - Niagara
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Preserving the Niagara
     
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The Niagara is one of the few accessible examples of mid-nineteenth century sidewheel steamboats on the Great Lakes. It is Wisconsin’s largest sidewheel shipwreck and contains the only steam engine built by the famous James P. Allaire known to survive. The wreck’s accessibility to recreational scuba divers, the rarity of side-wheel steamer sites, and the vessel’s association with nationally recognized ship and engine builders make it important to preserve this rare recreational and historic resource.

As with many other wrecks in the Great Lakes, zebra mussels have colonized the Niagara. These prolific mollusks are very difficult to control, and further colonization appears inevitable.

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