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Toxic Lake Erie shipwreck never should have been on Great Lakes
MLive (12/1)
About 45 feet beneath the surface of western Lake Erie is the 78-year-old polluting hulk of a vessel that was never supposed to be on the Great Lakes.

Get lost in 3D models of sunken Great Lakes ships
Only a handful of people can afford to learn to SCUBA dive and head down to explore Great Lakes shipwrecks in person. Luckily, the folks at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have the next best thing: Explorable 3D renders of seven ships sunk in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron.

Crew draws toxic cargo from sunken Lake Erie barge thought to be Argo
The Plain Dealer (11/24)
Crews continue to remove toxic chemicals from the sunken Lake Erie barge thought to be the long-lost Argo.

Cargo retrieved from barge that sank in 1937
The Toledo Blade (11/22)
A Coast Guard contractor pumped out the cargo from the first of eight tanks on a barge that sank in Lake Erie during a storm 78 years ago.

November gales have changed history
The Sheboygan Press (11/20)
November – that most capricious of the months on the Great Lakes – all too often sees the powerful “Witches of November” with their gale force winds, rolling breakers and blizzards send ships and their crew to the bottom.

30 years ago, Socrates beached on Park Point
Duluth News Tribune (11/18)
Thirty years ago tonight, on a stormy Lake Superior pushed by gale-force winds, the 585-foot Liberian-flagged freighter Socrates blew off its anchor position and onto the beach of Park Point.

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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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