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Explorer believes he's found Great Lakes' oldest known shipwreck
Wisconsin Pubic Radio (7/17)
The mystery of the Great Lakes’ oldest shipwreck might be on its way to being solved.

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario
The Associated Press (7/8)
The wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into eastern Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago has been found in deep water off Oswego,N.Y., a team of underwater explorers said Tuesday.

Marine sanctuary would include area from Port Washington to Two Rivers
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (7/7)
Wisconsin's Sheboygan Common Council is working with surrounding cities to have a 60-mile stretch of Lake Michigan — home to 33 known, and likely many more undiscovered, shipwrecks — designated as a national marine sanctuary.

'Shipwrecks Alive!' Exhibit Set to Open Thursday
WDIO (7/1)
After years of planning and months of building, the Great Lakes Aquarium is finally ready to show off their new, massive saltwater exhibit 'Shipwrecks Alive!'

Shipwrecks lure divers exploring Great Lakes
The Associated Press (7/1)
June through early September is prime time for divers who are drawn to the Great Lakes with intentions of exploring their abundance of shipwrecks, some more than 150 years old.

Lake Huron shipwrecks offer an underwater window into history
Michigan State University (6/27)
Lake Huron waters are home to many diverse shipwrecks preserved by the cold, fresh waters of the Great Lakes. These underwater treasures reflect the past while providing stories and experiences for those visiting these historic shipwreck sites, today.

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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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