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 Lighthouse @ Green Island 1881-06-09 3 Change of Keepers
Door County Advocate Pier @ Juddville 1877-06-07 3 By Minor & Blakefield
Door County Advocate Quarry @ Mud Bay 1871-04-13 3 Force of men at work
Manitowoc Pilot Shipyard ╥saw dust point╙ 1869-10-14 1 3 or 4 Norwegian ship-carpenters building vessel
Door County Advocate Barge 105 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold - going to coast
Door County Advocate Barge 107 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold - going to coast
Door County Advocate Barge 109 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold - going to coast
Door County Advocate Lightship 11 Foot 1913-12-25 1 Name was the Eleven Foot Shoal 69
Door County Advocate Barge 110 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold - going to coast
Door County Advocate Barge 111 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold 2 mo. ago

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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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