Winter 2010

Wisconsin's Water Library

Too Cold to Dive? Grab a Book and Read!

Winter in Wisconsin is not the time for diving on shipwrecks, but it is a terrific time to dive into a book. Immerse yourself in one of these great titles on Great Lakes Shipwrecks. Each one illustrates the treasure trove of historical artifacts in the underwater world of the Great Lakes.

Graveyard of the Lakes
by Mark L. Thompson. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000.
An historian and seasoned sailor, Thompson examines Great Lakes shipwrecks that have occurred over the last 300 years to find their causes. He suggests that most have resulted from human error, ranging from simple mistakes to obvious lack
of skill.

Mysteries and Histories: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
by Wes Oleszewski. Marquette, Mich.: Avery Color Studios, 1997.
The author of seven books on Great Lakes maritime history, Oleszewski concentrates on 17 unsolved and little-known Great Lakes shipwrecks.

The Night the Fitz Went Down
by Hugh E. Bishop and Dudley Paquette. Duluth, Minn.: Lake Superior Port Cities, 2000.
Captain Paquette was on Lake Superior the night the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. He experienced the storm firsthand and has formulated his own theory about the sinking of the iron ore carrying Fitzgerald.

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasures, Great Lakes: Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!
by Michael J. Varhola and Paul G. Hoffman. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot, 2008.
Twenty-one riveting stories and illustrations about ships that met their end in the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes.

The ‘Unholy’ Apostles: Shipwreck Tales of the Apostle Islands
by James M. Keller. Chelsea, Mich.: Bookcrafters,1993.
This is a carefully researched shipwreck history of the Chequamegon Bay area of Lake Superior—comprehensive, authoritative and exciting reading.

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