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Superior author chronicles lake tragedy
Duluth News Tribune (10/19)
"Luck of the Draw — The Mataafa Story" chronicles the shi's November 1905 shipwreck just offshore from Duluth with the loss of nine lives.

More federal recognition sought for Great Lakes shipwrecks
Gladwin County Record & Clarion (10/14)
Deep below the chill waters of northwestern Lake Huron, four doomed ships have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Mysterious shipwreck found in New York lake
The Ithaca Journal (10/7)
Beneath Cayuga Lake's, N.Y., churning waves, a boat's planks and woodwork are shrouded in a green hue of sunlight reflected through 70 feet of water.

Push ahead to raise more shipwrecks onto the National Register of Historic Places
Great Lakes Echo (10/6)
The Michigan Historical Center seeks to add more shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places.

Shipwrecks, lighthouses in spotlight at Toledo’s National Museum of the Great Lakes
The Hamilton Spectator (10/4)
There have been 8,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. A few of those are spotlighted in the expanded and relocated National Museum of the Great Lakes, a new Toledo attraction that opened in the spring and includes a 617-foot-long ore boat/museum ship.

Largest ever shipwreck in Lake Ontario located
Democrat & Chronicle (10/1)
The largest ship ever to sink in Lake Ontario has been located off the coast of Niagara County by a prolific group of local lake explorers.

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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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