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Andrew Francis Rajner Sr.: 1925-2014: Sailor’s voyages included time on famous freighter
The Toledo Blade (10/27)
Ranjer's three decades sailing the Great Lakes included a voyage aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald just before the freighter sank in Lake Superior in 1975.

In storm of ’13, a story of survival
Battle Creek Enquirer (10/25)
In the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, death and destruction were served up by one of Mother Nature’s most frightening maelstroms.

Sunken ship has history stories galore, speaker says
The Toledo Blade (10/23)
The executive director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, argued Wednesday night that speculation about what sent the Edmund Fitzgerald and its 29-man crew to the bottom of Lake Superior during a Nov. 10, 1975, storm overshadows other interesting aspects of the vessel and its history.

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.

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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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