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Fishing trawler makes huge catch of the day
The Hamilton Spectator (5/14)
The top-half of a wooden mast — believed to date from the 1800s — was brought up from one of the deepest points of Lake Erie, near Long Point, Ont., when it got caught in the net of the fishing trawler Iron Fish.

Ceremony to honor lost crew members of SS Cedarville
Detroit Free Press (5/7)
The 600-foot ship, which sank in 1965 after an oceangoing Norwegian freighter collided with it, remains on its starboard side, nearly broken in two, in 105 feet of water.

Ceremony to honor lost crew members of SS Cedarville
Detroit Free Press (5/7)
The Cedarville, built in 1927, was the third-largest freighter lost on the Great Lakes, and sank on May 7, 1965.

Underwater time capsules
Peninsula Pulse (5/1)
Two shipwrecks off the shores of Door County, Wisconsin, are nominated for state and national historic preservation.

Shipwreck forms visible from USCG helo
Traverse City Record-Eagle (4/22)
Crystal clear water conditions yielded an eyeful of Lake Michigan shipwrecks during a routine U.S. Coast Guard waterways patrol.

A bird's-eye view of hidden history in the Great Lakes
UpNorthLive.com (4/20)
A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Traverse City captured some shipwrecks along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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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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