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 Sail vessel Z. G. Simmons 1898-02-05 1 One of fleet moored in Chicago
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1886-07-08 3 The schooners Sea Star, Lady Ellen, Nellie Detroit, Z. G. Simmons, Tempest and Ole Oleson all loaded cargoes at this port this week.
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1889-08-17 5 Ran on point coming out of Baileys Harbor
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1901-12-28 1 Wintering at Milwaukee
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1902-06-14 1 Wind bound
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1889-11-21 3 The schooner Z. G. Simmons of Racine, went ashore off Jacksonport, during a heavy fog on Tuesday morning.
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1894-11-03 5 In port
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1897-04-10 1 Sailor fell from masthead
Door County Advocate Z. G. Simmons 1900-07-14 1 Dragged in wind into Monitor
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1896-11-07 5 In for shelter

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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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