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 Yuma 1900-09-29 1 Crashed into barge Martin which sank
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1917-04-05 5 Sold
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1914-06-25 1 Bound south
Door County Advocate Steamer Yuma 1916-04-27 1 Repairs
Door County Advocate Tanker YW 124 1945-03-30 1 Picture of sponsor and others
Door County Advocate Tanker YW 125 1945-04-13 6 Launched - picture of sponsor
Door County Advocate Tanker YW 127 1945-05-11 1 Launched at Smith yard
Door County Advocate Tanker YW 131 1945-07-13 7 To be launched
Door County Advocate Tanker YW 132 1945-08-03 1 Last one to be launched
Door County Advocate Schooner Z. G. Simmons 1902-06-14 1 Wind bound

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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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