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How many shipwrecks have occurred in the Great Lakes?
from Thom

According to Dave Swayze, a Great Lakes researcher and historian, the current number of ships lost to shipwrecks, at this point, totals 4,262. Swayze manages The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Total Losses of Great Lakes Ships from 1679. His research continues, so this is by no means the total number; he believes there are probably around 5,000 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

If you're interested in finding out more about a particular shipwreck, visit his database. Also, the TEACH June 2001 module will focus on Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, so check it out!

Thank you for your question!

Answered on March 1, 2001

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