At a Glance


Delve into Wisconsin's maritime history. Discover the multiple ways in which water shaped the history of the state.

Wisconsin State Historical Society, Milwaukee Public Library

Great Lakes Maritime History Project

Photo, Crew standing on the shipwrecked George M. Cox, May 1933

Dedicated to recording the maritime history of Wisconsin (especially Lake Michigan and Lake Superior), this site features more than 7,000 documents, advertisements, and photographs of ships associated with Wisconsin waters since 1679. Geared toward the specialist as well as the beginner, the site contains a list of the more than 400 ships registered in Wisconsin over the years, as well as useful descriptions of the types of ships.

The collection is searchable by keyword and browsable. The quality of the photographs varies; some are small files, while others are quite large. The site recommends six related outside resources. This site would be very useful to anyone interested in the history of Wisconsin maritime shipping, passenger cruises, or naval history.