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You can learn more about the Sevona's history and archeological findings in By Fire, Storm, and Ice, edited by David J. Cooper, 1991, Wisconsin Historical Society; Diver's Guide to Wisconsin, by Steve Harrington with David J. Cooper, Maritime Press, 1991; and The 'Unholy' Apostles: Tales of Chequamegon Shipwrecks, by James M. Keller, Bayfield: Apostle Island Press, Apostle Island Press, 1984.

The Sevona wreck was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The Sevona is one of fewer than 10 large iron or steel ships wrecked in Wisconsin waters and is the only known remaining example of a metal-constructed bulk carrier wrecked in Wisconsin waters. It has the potential to offer archeological insights into early steel shipbuilding on the Great Lakes.

Divers should leave artifacts in place and report significant ones to the Wisconsin State Archeologist, phone (608) 264-6495.

The infestation of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes could endanger the Sevona site. Sitting in relatively shallow water, the Sevona offers a large, solid habitat for these mollusks.

The Sevona is owned by the State of Wisconsin and is jointly managed by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, with the assistance of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources . Like all historic shipwrecks in Wisconsin waters, the Sevona is protected under Wisconsin law as a state-owned archeological site.

If you visit the Sevona, please take only pictures and leave only bubbles.

You can get information about diving at the Sevona site from local dive shops and from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Learn more about Protecting Our Heritage in the Diver's Area.



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