Lake Superior, and Wisconsin Focus
Great Lakes Maritime History
- Wisconsin Maritime History
from numerous locations (including UW-Superior), brought together in a searchable
database. This is part of the larger "State of Wisconsin" collection.
To search only the Maritime collection, click on "Search the Collection."
Select Guided Search from the toolbar at the top
of the screen, and select the Great Lakes Maritime History Project as a Sub-Collection.
A new phase of digitization is underway in 2008-2009. Watch for additions
to appear soon!
- Alpena County (MI) Public Library
- Alpena Public Library
is the access point for viewing the ship database of the Thunder Bay (MI)
Underwater Marine Sanctuary. The database was created with the cooperation
of UWS through a joint digitization project that includes the of images from
the Ken Thro Collection of the Lake Superior Maritime Collections. The Ken
Thro images will soon be available through UWS as well as Alpena. (Launch
date for Alpena page: Aug. 2008)
Superior Marine Museum Association
- In addition to Association
information, the LSMMA Homepage provides a live camera mounted on the Corps
of Engineers Building next to the Aerial Lift Bridge, as well as a list of
current commercial vessel traffic.
Dan Hill Library Catalog
- Search for books and
"published" documents on maritime history in the UW-Superior Library.
Not all Maritime periodical holdings are as yet in the electronic catalog.
Public Library Catalog
- Milwaukee Public Library
has an extensive SHIP FILE collection. Searching by typing the Vessel name
as a TITLE search will discover if they have a file on that vessel.
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
- Interactive page of
the Wisconsin Seagrant Program.
- Interactive site from
the State Historical Society of Minnesota.
Library, Harvard University
- Baker Library holds
3 linear feet (17 boxes) of the business papers of Charles Wetmore and the
American Steel Barge Company. The collection is available by appointment only.
Historical Society holds microfilm copies of these records.
- Article from the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin
- The site is intended to extend the reach of the library's services to
residents across Wisconsin and offers new navigational tools to provide easier access to information. An important tool on the
site is the "Recommendations" feature, which allows users to browse reading lists by topic, finding books and Web sites on
frogs, fish, the Great Lakes, or water pollution. Any adult resident of Wisconsin can check out books online from the library
and pick them up at their local public or university library.
Maritime Resources via Google Books
A wide variety of materials
are appearing from Google's book digitization project. ("Thanks" to
Brendon Baillod of AGLMH) Some of interest include:
1. Blue Books of American Shipping
3. MVUS Registers
4. USLSS Annual Reports
5. Various early vessel lists
6. Registers (LCA, Shipmasters, Lloyds, Polks, etc.
7. Chief Signal Officer Loss Lists (not yet indexed by page)
8. General cool stuff (see notes on each entry)
Association for Great Lakes Maritime History
- The mission statement
says it all: "The AGLMH is an international organization of of museums, historical
societies, libraries, archives, and individuals interested in preserving Great
Lakes maritime history. The AGLMH holds an annual meeting, publishes a newsletter,
and encourages research and the dissemination and exchange of information
among members." An increasing number of the AGLMH Newsletter are available
Collections on the Great Lakes
- Online Finding Aids
of the Marine Collections at Bowling Green State University. Links to searchable
databases on historical Great Lakes Vessels, Great Lakes Ports, and Great
Lakes Shipwreck Research
- Created and supported
by Brendon Baillod, this page delivers what it says: "News, Research and Dive".
"Featured Content" links to Online Databases & Resources particularly
valuable. In April 2008 the site announced a substantial addition to the Great
Lakes Marine Accident Database, a subset of the site. The database now includes
nearly 20,000 accidents from 1840 - 1883 and is searchable by vessel name,
port, year, month and other field combinations. The data was transcribed from
the Annual Reports of the Chief Signal Officer (the predecessor to the US
Weather Bureau) and includes detailed accounts of nearly every accident of
any severity occurring on the Lakes during the given period.
National Park Service - Maritime Heritage Program
- Historic ships listed
by name, type and region. Includes inventories, basics, and external links.
Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online
- Shipping and other links
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
- Walter Lewis's site
includes great compilations of research material for the serious student of
Great Lakes history.
Laura Jacobs, Archivist
Jim Dan Hill Library
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Copyright, December 2000
last updated, July 27, 2010