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Video of Great Lakes shipwreck, the Antelope
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (9/21)
An eerie video takes you deep into Lake Superior near the Apostles Islands, Wisconsin, where the Antelope, a century-old shipwreck, lies with masts and rigging nearly intact.

Finding Canada’s other shipwrecks: Group seeks to document history hiding underwater across the country
National Post (9/18)
A team in Quebec has been quietly trying to put a name to at least some of the lesser-known shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence River.

‘Spectacularly intact’ 1897 shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior
St. Paul Pioneer Press (9/13)
A group of shipwreck hunters discovered the shipwreck of the Antelope, a steamer that was built in 1861 and sank in 1897 near the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

Underwater explorers looking for crashed World War II bomber in Lake Ontario
WRVO - Oswego, NY (8/30)
A team of underwater explorers that recently found the wreck of a 18th century commercial sailing vessel in Lake Ontario say what they're looking for next is not a ship, but a B-24 aircraft that sank in the lake off of Oswego, N.Y., in 1944.

New flyover photos show Sleeping Bear Dunes shipwrecks
MLive (8/30)
A helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City snapped a couple new aerial photos of two of the shipwrecks lying in the waters off South Manitou Island, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, in Michigan.

Finding the 694: 106 years after tragic crash, locomotive located in Lake Superior
Duluth News Tribune (8/20)
The wreckage not of some long-lost schooner or ill-fated freighter, but rather a railroad locomotive has been found in Lake Superior.

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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
GLIN: Scuba Diving in the Great Lakes Region

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