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Underwater Archaeology: Shipwrecks

Resources for ANT 102, 201 & 202

Books @Osterlin Library

Reference Books

Michigan Shipwrecks

Maritime Historical Society of Detroit

A non-profit organization founded in 1944 that provides a focal point for individuals and organizations interested in and concerned with the history of the Great Lakes and its maritime heritage.

Maritime History of the Great Lakes

A digital library containing ship lists, regional histories, government reports, newspaper accounts, and other resources. Topics include shipbuilding, shipwrecks, and the working lives of steamboats, schooners, and the people who sailed them. Maintained by librarians from the HALINET system in Canada.

Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA)
A non-profit organization dedicated to research and documentation of submerged cultural resources and the creation of educational programs and materials.

Michigan Underwater Preserves

The Michigan Underwater Preserve Council (MUPC) was formed in an effort to preserve, protect the Great Lakes shipwrecks and to educate divers and non-divers on their history and aid in their preservation.

Shipwreck Websites

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point, Michigan is the home of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  The web site offers detailed information and virtual tours.

Great Lakes Shipwrecks Research:

Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks
The State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society has initiated a program of submerged cultural resource management.

Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Region

An extensive list of links to shipwrecks and underwater preserves.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve

Thunder Bay and the surrounding waters on Lake Huron contain a nationally significant collection of over 100 shipwrecks that spans two centuries of Great Lakes shipping history, reflecting transitions in ship architecture and construction, from wooden schooners to steel-hulled steamers.

Wreck Site:
The wreck site is the world largest online wreck database, we have 162.240 wrecks and 156.210 positions, 45.640 images, 1796 maritime charts, 28.250 ship owners and builders and a lot more.

Wisconsin Shipwrecks

Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Photos and video of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior wrecks, diving history, information on Great Lakes environmental issues and a database of more than 39,000 references to newspaper articles about life on the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is an educational institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and interpreting the artifacts that tell the story of the maritime industry of the Upper Great Lakes.