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Two Rivers area shipwrecks explored
Manitowoc Herald Times (8/30)
Two maritime archeologists from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute's R/V Dawn Treader came to Manitowoc County to survey the S.C. Baldwin shipwreck. The survey is a requirement to add the vessel to the state, and eventually national, Register of Historic Places.

Project documents Lake Erie shipwrecks, special habitats
The Associated Press (8/20)
A new project gathering information about the bottom of Lake Erie could prove helpful if development involving wind turbines, pipelines or cables in the lake are proposed in the future.

Scouts explore shipwreck off Two Harbors breakwater
Duluth News Tribune (8/16)
A group of 10 divers with the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 820 is visiting Lake Superior shipwrecks this weekend with the help of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society.

Bill would deem Great Lakes protected sanctuaries
Detroit News (8/5)
The legislation would recognize historically significant underwater areas in the Great Lakes as national marine sanctuaries, such as Thunder Bay in northern Michigan that preserves dozens of sunken vessels.

“The Last Laker” author recounts epic 1913 Lake Superior storm
WKAR - FM Michigan State University (0/0)
In the second of two parts, Current State talks with Frederick Stonehouse. His book "The Last Laker: Finding a Wreck Lost in the Great Lakes’ Deadliest Storm" tells the story of the search for the SS Henry B. Smith, which sank in 1913.

Eastland remembered: A century later, groups work to memorialize the 844 killed
nwitimes.com (7/24)
It was, and still is, the greatest loss of life on the Great Lakes, often compared to the sinking of the Titanic three years earlier.

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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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