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Researchers ID mystery wreck in Lake Erie
The Toledo Blade (9/18)
The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, in collaboration with its partners the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, has identified a mystery wreck in Lake Erie as the schooner Plymouth that sank in 1852 after a collision with a sidewheel steamer.

Sunk in a flash: Tragic 1899 shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior
MLive (9/10)
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society found the lost schooner Nelson, a shipwreck which has lain undisturbed on the bottom of Lake Superior since May 13, 1899, when the ship's captain watched his family and entire crew perish.

Shipwreck discovery on Lake Superior
Channel 9&10 Cadillac (9/8)
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was searching west of Whitefish Point, near Deer Park, when they noticed a blip on their side-scan sonar.

Explorers find rare schooner wreck in Lake Ontario
Philly.com (9/8)
The three shipwreck enthusiasts from western New York say they found the 45-foot-long Three Brothers in July in deep water west of Oswego.

US approves expansion of Great Lakes sanctuary
The Associated Press (9/5)
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in northern Michigan has received federal approval to expand its size nearly tenfold and boost the preservation of scores of sunken vessels in an area of Lake Huron once known as "Shipwreck Alley."

Wis. lakeshore area could have national marine sanctuary
Green Bay Press Gazette (9/1)
The proposed museum — a 875-square-mile area of Lake Michigan from Two Rivers to Port Washington — would be home to more than 33 known shipwrecks and many more to be discovered.

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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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