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 Cutter YP 32 1940-11-22 1 In for repairs from storm
Door County Advocate Sail vessel Yuken 1898-02-05 1 One of fleet moored in Chicago
Manitowoc Pilot Barge Yukon 1 Loaded with corn at this port
Manitowoc Pilot Tow barge Yukon 5 Manitowoc winter fleet with carrying capacity 3044 tons
Door County Advocate Schooner Yukon 1903-10-24 1 Of Gilchrist fleet - in winter quarters
Door County Advocate Schooner Yukon 1905-10-28 1 Foundered on Lake Erie - crew saved
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1907-04-18 1 1st freighter to arrive at Milwaukee from below
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1900-09-29 1 Crashed into barge Martin which sank
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1908-03-12 1 Ice tore it from mooring and drove it into the Cherry street bridge
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1916-04-27 1 Repairs

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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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