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 Steamer Lakewood 1925-09-25 12 Be in commission in 2-3 weeks
Manitowoc Pilot Lala Rookh 1887-06-09 3 Captain of Lala Rookh fell in, not of the Linerla
Manitowoc Pilot Schooner Lalla Rookh 1886-05-13 3 Arrived, Manistee, wood, cleared, Manistee, brick, oats, & c.
Manitowoc Pilot Schooner Lalla Rookh 1883-12-06 3 Ashore at Pentwater last week
Door County Advocate Schooner Lalla Rookh 1882-02-02 3 60.34 ton - built at Manitowoc in 1881
Manitowoc Pilot Schooner Lalla Rookh 1882-01-26 3 Built in Manitowoc in 1881 by Jas. Butler, burthen 60.34
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Schooner Lalla Rookh 1885-10-29 3 Laden with potatoes and slabs from Portage to Milwaukee, stopped in our harbor on account of contrary winds.
Manitowoc Pilot Schooner Lalla Rookh 1881-08-04 3 Launched. Built by James Butler
Manitowoc Pilot Lalla Rookh 1887-10-06 3 Ashore near Port Washington on Fri. has been stripped and abandoned
Door County Advocate Steamer Lambton 1927-12-16 6 Survivors of wreck landed

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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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