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 Barge 116 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold - going to coast
Door County Advocate Barge 127 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold 2 mo. ago
Manitowoc Pilot Barge 132 1894-10-18 3 Whaleback stranded near Ashtabala on Saturday last.
Door County Advocate Consort 137 1902-05-31 1 Ashore on Pilot island
Door County Advocate Opening and closing of season 1862 - 1874 1874-05-07 3
Door County Advocate Season of opening navigation 1866 - 1878 1878-03-21 3 1866 - 1878
Door County Advocate Barge 201 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold 2 mo. ago
Door County Advocate Barge 202 1905-02-04 1 Whaleback sold 2 mo. ago
Ahnapee (Algoma) Record Sub-Chaser 412 1923-08-24 1 Submarine chaser 412 here to recruit lake units.
Manitowoc Pilot Steamer A Carnegie 1898-01-06 3 Capacity of 180,000 bu. wheat. One of Man. fleet of wheat boat loads here and Chicago.

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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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