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Namesake of ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald to get his due
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/11)
A museum-quality ship model of the Edmund Fitzgerald will join more than a dozen other models of Great Lakes ships on display at the Milwaukee Public Library this weekend in Wisconsin.

Harsh winter unearths shipwreck
Traverse City Record-Eagle (4/8)
Ice and violent winter storms worked to unearth a 40-foot-long section of the center beam and ribs of a wooden boat along the shore of Lake Michigan. Dozens of ships sank in Lake Michigan’s waters during the 19th century and beach-goers often discover parts of those wrecks.

Wonders beneath the water beckon divers to play deep
The Times Herald (4/8)
The Blue Water Area of Michigan comes by its name honestly. With miles of Lake Huron shoreline and riverfront boardwalks, blue water dances around and through the area. It also has "some of the best preserved underwater shipwrecks around,” according to local divers.

Shedding light on a forgotten tragedy
Niagara This Week (3/16)
While most people know about the tragedy of the Titanic, fewer know the tale of Empress, which sunk in the St. Lawrence River 100 years ago, claiming 1,012 lives in 14 minutes, and a book was released two months before the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

Malaysia Airlines crash recalls unknown fate of Northwest airliner
Journal Sentinel (3/10)
As searchers continue to look for the Malaysia Airlines flight, there's an eerily similar mystery that's much closer to home — the unsolved fate of Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501, which crashed into Lake Michigan in 1950.

Great Lakes shipwreck survivor to share story Friday
Sheboygan Press (2/26)
Dennis Hale was the lone survivor of a shipwreck that killed each of his 28 crew mates in November 1966, and he will share his survival story during an appearance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wis.

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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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