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What's New
Great Lakes Shipwrecks exhibit coming to TREC
WJET-TV, Erie, PA (1/25)
Lake Erie’s richest history is 60 feet beyond our reach – in the wreckage of the Canobie, the Abyssinia, the Dean Richmond and the S.K. Martin.

Alpena film festival filled with Great Lakes and ocean flicks
Great Lakes Echo (1/25)
A film documenting the discovery of three Lake Huron shipwrecks will be among those shown at the fourth-annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival, in Alpena, Mich.

Century old wreck discovered
Niagara This Week (1/6)
Last July 2, wreck hunters criss-crossing a section of Lake Huron using a grid pattern found what they were looking for. After 102 years, the final resting place of the ore carrier Hydrus had been discovered.

Far less chemical cargo than thought aboard toxic Lake Erie shipwreck
MLive (12/17)
The U.S. Coast Guard says an emergency response to a polluting shipwreck in Lake Erie has ended with the removal of 33,475 gallons of petroleum product and water mixture – a chemical volume far lower than projected.

Edmund Fitzgerald documentary focuses on 29 lives lost
The Plain Dealer (12/8)
A new documentary on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald focuses on the lives of the 29 men who died 40 years ago when the freighter sank during a storm on Lake Superior.

Shipwreck thought to be toxic Argo no longer an environmental threat
The Plain Dealer (12/3)
A sunken Lake Erie barge thought to be the long-lost Argo is no longer considered an environmental threat, the U.S. Coast Guard and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said.

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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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