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 Boyce 1905-04-22 1 Upbound through the straits
Door County Advocate Schooner Boyce 1916-04-27 1 Cabin almost destroyed by fire
Door County Advocate Steamer Boyce 1899-02-25 1 Looked for J. V. Moran
Door County Advocate Steambarge Boyce 1893-10-07 5 Booming down the bay
Manitowoc Pilot Steamer Boyce 1893-11-23 3 Wind bound in the harbor here this week.
Door County Advocate Steamer Boyne City 1916-12-14 4 In port
Manitowoc Pilot Bradley 1894-11-15 3 Sopught shelter here during Monday+s storm
Manitowoc Pilot Bradley 1887-10-27 4
Door County Advocate Schooner Bradley 1882-04-27 3 Chartered ties from Bailey s Harbor
Door County Advocate Schooner Bradley 1897-06-05 1 Loaded cedar at Masonville

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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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