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Eastland remembered: A century later, groups work to memorialize the 844 killed
nwitimes.com (7/24)
It was, and still is, the greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes, often compared to the sinking of the Titanic three years earlier.

Historic shipwreck identified in Lake Michigan
The Detroit Free Press (7/23)
A group of explorers recently found a historic steamship off the coast of Muskegon, Mich., more than a century after it sank. Members of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association say the John V. Moran is one of the deepest and most intact wrecks found in Lake Michigan.

Proposed Lake Erie marine sanctuary passes Erie City Council
WICU/WSEE - Erie, PA (7/1)
A proposed national marine sanctuary in Lake Erie is now one step closer to becoming reality. Erie City Council voted unanimously this morning, supporting the designation and development of a 759 square mile-sanctuary in the lake and Presque Isle Bay.

Sombra, ON Museum exhibit features artifacts from unique shipping vessel
The Sarnia Observer (6/28)
Sombra Museum has unveiled a display documenting the life of the barque New Brunswick, a 129-foot sailing vessel built in St. Catharines that holds an important distinction in Canadian shipbuilding history.

Four reasons why the Frankfort-area shipwreck can't be the Griffin
MLive (6/18)
The Griffin, lost on the Great Lakes since 1679, and a wooden hull recently discovered in Lake Michigan have caught the public imagination, but the two are not the same.

19th century mast is going back into Lake Erie
Hamilton Spectator (6/10)
The province — which claims shipwrecks under its claim of the lake bed — is planning to have the wooden mast towed out on to the lake and sunk in a spot off Port Dover where it won't be caught by fishing net again.

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General Resources
Great Lakes Shipwreck File
Includes a database of documented Great Lakes shipwrecks from 1679 to the present, along with detailed information about each wreck.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Founded in 1978 to preserve the lore and artifacts of our Great Lakes, the shipwreck society operates the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan, featuring the bell of the ill-fated laker, the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Shipwrecks in different regions of the U.S. are covered, with particular attention to the Great Lakes including such wrecks as Edmund Fitzgerald, Coburn, Grecian and Algoma.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Research and Diving
Online newsgroup devoted exclusively to Great Lakes shipwreck research and diving.

Major Shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve
Michigan State University Sea Grant Extension
Provides background information and pictures of Thunder Bay's major shipwrecks.

Maritime History of the Great Lakes
This site is an ongoing experiment in the design of a "digital library", a collection of documents intended to be of value to those researching Great Lakes History.

Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks
Minnesota Historical Society
Information on shipwrecks in Minnesota's Lake Superior, inland lakes and rivers and plans for their preservation.

Shipwreck Diving Charters on Lake Ontario
Includes a location map of shipwrecks found in Lake Ontario.

Shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay Region
The approximately 160 shipwrecks thought to be located in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary constitute a microcosm of the Great Lakes commercial shipping industry spanning the last two hundred years.

Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve
There are numerous shipwrecks in the preserve area as well as geological formations including clay banks and underwater rock piles.

Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Features historical images of the ships, photos of the wrecks from archaeological investigations, and accounts of the vessels' histories and final voyages, including the grim fate of the three-masted schooner Lucerne.

Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Through Web sites, interpretive signage, public presentations and shipwreck moorings, the Maritime Trails initiative encourages divers, snorkelers, boaters, maritime enthusiasts, and tourists to visit and enjoy Wisconsin's diverse collection of maritime resources.

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GLIN: Boating in the Great Lakes Region
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