Volume 1 2015

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Plunge Into New Wisconsin Shipwrecks Website

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Great Lakes shipwrecks is now available in one beautiful website.

Wisconsinshipwrecks.org, a joint project with the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), offers details on 760 lakes Superior and Michigan shipwrecks. Information on the ships’ construction, service history, final voyage and location are searchable, as are any relevant videos and photos.

Nearby attractions such as historic waterfronts, lighthouses, museums, maritime trail markers, historic vessels, charter services, theaters, waterfront parks or archeological sites (and other shipwrecks) are also linked with each ship’s story. These attractions are searchable by location and category as well.

The “learn” section of the site provides visitors with information about underwater archeology, the value of studying shipwrecks and how the studies are undertaken, field reports, a calendar of shipwreck-related events, a glossary of ship terms and a list of archival newspaper stories about the waters and their wrecks.

Each boating season, the WHS deploys 30 mooring buoys at wrecks that allow people to tie up directly above the site while protecting the shipwreck from inadvertent anchor damage and providing a safe point of ascent and descent for divers. Find buoy information at the site as well.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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