||18 Feet |
|| The remains of
the heavily salvaged vessel lie on a flat sandstone bottom.
in 18 to 20 feet of water
north of Sand Island, near Bayfield, Wisconsin (
: N47° 00.48200', W90° 54.2000').
visibility at the site varies from 15 to 40 feet, depending
on the weather. Water temperature in the summer ranges from
40° to 55° F.
site is frequently visited by scuba divers due to its convenient
depth and the amount of its visible remains, which lie on
a flat sandstone bottom. Almost everything above the
was broken up with explosives and recovered, but
the hull's lower section below the tank top and
turn of the bilge
wreck consists of two hull sections. They lie almost perpendicular
to one another with the 226-foot 4-inch aft section oriented
almost east to west and the 118-foot forward section oriented
northwest to southeast. The
lies at the western end of the wreck, and the
lies at the southern end. Both sections include the lower
hull, including the ship's lower hull
, floors, and portions of the steel tank top plate. Salvage
efforts dislodged plates,
, beams, and other structural materials, and now they
surround the lower hull. In addition, divers have reported
finding silverware, tools, and other artifacts in the debris.
73-foot-long section that was added to the Sevona
in 1905 can be seen 25 feet aft of the break in the hull.
Soon after the Sevona
was wrecked, Samuel Fifield, an Ashland businessman and former
state legislator, senator, and lieutenant governor, built
a cottage on Sand Island using some of the Sevona's
wreckage. He named it the Sevona Memorial Cottage, in honor
of the ship, and decorated the inside of the cabin with framed
articles and letters related to the wreck. The Sevona cabin
was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in
1976. You can see one of the Sevona's anchors and
an interpretive plaque at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Little Sand Bay Visitors Center.