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
Manitowoc Pilot Steambarge A. A. Carpenter 1882-01-26 3 Built in Manitowoc in 1881 by Rand & Burger, burthen 540.70
Manitowoc Pilot Schooner A. A. Carpenter 1894-05-31 3 Arrived, Buffalo; Departed Buffalo
Manitowoc Pilot Barge A. A. Carpenter 1 Sank while lying close to South shore arm of new harbor pier.
Door County Advocate Sail-barge A. A. Carpenter 1881-05-19 3 200,000 brick on deck + none in hold
Door County Advocate Barge A. A. Carpenter 1897-05-15 1 Coal vessels arrived at Milwaukee
Door County Advocate Consort A. A. Carpenter 1898-07-16 1 Delivered coal
Door County Advocate Schooner A. A. Carpenter 1912-12-12 1 Winter in Sturgeon Bay
Door County Advocate Towbarge A. A. Carpenter 1911-12-28 1 Wintering at S. B.
Door County Advocate Tug A. A. Carpenter 1910-08-04 1 Sold by U. S. marshal
Door County Advocate Barge A. A. Carpenter 1896-07-11 5 Passed bound down

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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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