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Twin Ports, Lake Superior, and Wisconsin Focus

Great Lakes Maritime History Project
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)
Lake 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.
Jim 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.
Milwaukee 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.
Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Interactive page of the Wisconsin Seagrant Program.
Minnesota Historic Shipwrecks
Interactive site from the State Historical Society of Minnesota.
Baker 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. The Minnesota Historical Society holds microfilm copies of these records.
Wisconsin Historic Shipwrecks
Article from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Water Libary
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.



Other Links

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 online.
Historical 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 Personnel.
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
2. Beesons
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)
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.
Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online
Shipping and other links from BoatNerd
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