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 Zephyr 1867-07-11 4 In port
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Gasoline launch Zeta 1910-08-05 7 The Zeta is one of the finest yachts of this type which has ever visited here and is fully equipped for long cruises.
Door County Advocate Steamer Zillah 1921-12-23 12 Towing Miztec when barge sank May 13th
Door County Advocate Steamer Zillah 1904-10-08 1 Brought in missing barge
Door County Advocate Barge Zillah 1924-11-28 8 Unable to enter harbor at Manistique
Door County Advocate Steamer Zimmerman 1906-05-11 1 Repairs on sunken steamer estimated at $50,000
Door County Advocate Steamer Zimmerman 1906-06-15 1 To take months to repair
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Steamer Zita 1914-11-06 2 Recorded at the Kewaunee Custom House: Frank Lain sold one-half of the gasoline steamer Zita to Conrad Lain.
Door County Advocate Shipyard Zoerb Boat Works 1947-02-28 1 Of Fish Creek - to put 3 new models into production

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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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