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Dive Into Wisconsin Shipwrecks


If you want to explore the amazing shipwrecks found in the Great Lakes without ever setting foot in the water—or even leaving your chair—the Wisconsin Shipwrecks website is for you. It’s also the perfect starting place for real-world on-land adventures in search of historic markers, lighthouses, waterfront parks, maritime trails, geocaches and more. (For more information about maritime trails and geocaches, see “New Ways to Explore Old Ships—Maritime Trails and Geocaches” on page 11.)

Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Historical Society have collaborated on the site, which 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. Other shipwrecks that may be in the area are also spelled out, and nearby attractions are searchable by location and category.

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. Wisconsinshipwrecks.org

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