Newspaper Search

Search below for stories about ships, lighthouses, sailors and anything else about life on Lake Michigan. The database contains references to articles from the Ahnapee (Algoma) Record (June 12, 1873 to Jan. 7, 1927), the Door County Advocate (Nov. 8, 1861 to Dec. 22, 1949), and the Manitowoc Pilot (June 14, 1859 to Dec. 28, 1899). The results will direct you to the date and page in these newspapers where the article can be found.

Microfilm copies of the Ahnapee (Algoma) Record are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library in Madison, Algoma Public Library in Algoma. Microfilm copies of the Door County Advocate are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library in Madison, the Door County Public Library in Sturgeon Bay, and the Brown County Library in Green Bay. Microfilm of the Manitowoc Pilot are available at the Manitowoc County Historical Society, the Manitowoc Public Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison.

Check with your local library about obtaining the microfilm via interlibrary loan.






Newspaper Object Name Date Page Notes
Door County Advocate Tug T. H. Camp 1900-11-24 1 Sunk in chanal off W. coast of Madeline island
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Tug Unknown 1889-05-23 3 Officer from Andy Johnson boarded vessels in the harbor, checked papers and made a general inspection. Tug Unknown also checked.
Door County Advocate Tug W. Dickenson 1912-01-18 1 Repairs to damage due to ice
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Steamer Wilkesbarre 1911-10-20 1 The steamer Wilkesbarre of the Lehigh Valley fleet, bound down, collided with the lightship Kewaunee, st4ationed above the sunken steamer Joliet.
(No name provided)
Door County Advocate Fishing tug ? 1890-06-07 5 Sold for $650
Door County Advocate Tug ? 1901-08-17 1 Info given - built for Waukegan parties
Door County Advocate Tug ? 1901-09-07 1 New - machinery put in
Door County Advocate Tug ? 1901-08-31 1 New tug - info
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record ?Shram 1882-05-04 3 Clay Banks. Of Sheboygan, is now loading posts for F. Paarmann.

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This database is a cooperative effort of the Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association (WUAA), the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. The project is spearheaded by WUAA member Russel Leitz, who helped develop a framework for the database and painstakingly combed through 54 years of the Ahnapee (Algoma) Record, 87 years of the Door County Advocate and 40 years of the Manitowoc Pilot for maritime news. The more than 50,000 references are the fruit of his labor alone.

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