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
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Tug Brooks 1885-01-29 3 Lifted a gang of nets Saturday and secured about 1,000 pounds of trout and on Sunday about 1,500 pounds, both for Lafond and Marr.
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Tug Commodore Nutt 1883-08-16 3 The tug Commodore Nutt was in port yesterday, bound north.
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Schooner Conquest 1879-11-27 4 The schooner Conquest, with 100 cords of wood on owner's account, cleared on Tuesday evening.
Door County Advocate Tug Effie L. 1903-11-28 1 Fireman fell into water
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Tug Harrison Ludington 1899-10-06 3 The tug Harrison Ludington brought in a scow load of coal from Kewaunee Wednesday afternoon, The coal will be used as fuel for the dredge and tug here.
Door County Advocate Steamer I. Watson Stephenson 1924-02-08 1 Captain of 18 years resigns
Door County Advocate Tug J. C. Ames 1908-11-19 1 Receiving general overhauling
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Tug J. N. Brooks 1899-12-01 1 Left here for Jacksonport to tow a raft of logs to this port for the Veneer factory.
Door County Advocate Tug Lawrence 1886-10-14 3 Collided with tug George Nelson
Door County Advocate Steamer Mary Mills 1894-05-19 5 Loaded shingles

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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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