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Shipwreck Tour Dives into history with glass bottom boat
WPBN-TV - Traverse City, MI (7/20)
People are experiencing the Great lakes differently. Glancing into the cold, murky, depths, they can check out underwater shipwrecks that have lasted since as early as the 18th century-- and they can do it all without getting wet.

An uncertain future for coast guard icebreaker built in Thunder Bay
CBC News (7/15)
An old Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker built in Thunder Bay, Ont., now faces a very uncertain future, with one option being to sink it to the bottom of Lake Ontario.

All-female team plans to dive all 5 Great Lakes in 24 hours
Edmonton Metro (7/13)
An international team of female divers is gearing up to set a new record this week by diving to a shipwreck in each of the five Great Lakes in less than 24 hours.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society receives Upper Peninsula History award
Soo Evening News (6/30)
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was recognized with the 2016 Superior Award at the 67th annual Upper Peninsula History Conference in Munising.

NY-based explorers find 1868 schooner wreck in Lake Ontario
The Associated Press (6/29)
Underwater explorers say they've discovered the shipwreck of a Canadian schooner that sank off Lake Ontario's central New York shore nearly 150 years ago.

Researchers look to the sky to peer underwater
Great Lakes Echo (6/13)
A recent study published by the Journal of Archaeological Science suggests that satellite imagery can be used to locate potentially hazardous wrecks that may otherwise go unnoticed.

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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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Related Resources
GLIN: Boating in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Scuba Diving in the Great Lakes Region

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