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 Self unloader 1912-11-21 1 On steamer Calcite
Door County Advocate Range Lights 1880-07-08 3 Installed at entrance to canal
Door County Advocate Lighthouse 1899-04-08 1 Guy irons snapped aft
Door County Advocate Wharf, Dock 1900-01-27 1 Hart line did not purchase all of it
Door County Advocate Self unloader 1915-09-16 1 On W. F. White
Door County Advocate Self unloader 1925-04-17 1 Improved - information given
Door County Advocate Coast Guard patrol boats 1934-07-06 2 About 10,000 at triple launching
Door County Advocate Light tower 1898-07-16 1 Info on it
Door County Advocate Dock 1868-03-05 4 Dock info @ end of Spruce St.
Door County Advocate Dock 1893-01-21 5 New one to be built at foot of Spruce street

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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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