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Underwater Archaeology

Learn about why there were so many shipwrecks in the 1800s off Wisconsin's shores.


Description: Cover from songbook used on the "S.S. North American." Back cover advertises the sailings of the "North American" and "South American." Includes pic...


Going Home

Date: 1946 ca.

Description: Soldiers waiting to board ship for their return home after World War II.

Date: 2007-07-16 

Description: Underwater view of two archaeologists surveying and investigating the bow of the "Rouse Simmons" (also known as the Christmas Tree ship). One person is swi...

Date: 2012-01-20 

Description: Underwater, overhead view of the wreck of the schooner "Rouse Simmons" (also known as the Christmas Tree ship). The masts of the schooner are laying on the...

Date: 1886 

Description: Bird's-eye view of Milwaukee from Bay View.


Tugboat in Lake

Date:  date unknown

Description: A tugboat with possibly a sinking ship in the background.

Date: 1890-08-09 after

Description: One-page menu from the R.M.S.S. Magdalena of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, with a parrot and a cockatiel perched on a branch above the compan...

Date: 2014-05-01 

Description: Underwater view of the bow of the "Rouse Simmons" with a Christmas tree placed on it. Local divers, every year (typically on the date the "Rouse Simmons" s...

Date: 2014-07-31 

Description: Underwater view of the damaged sea gate, located towards the stern of the "Milwaukee."

Date: 1655 

Description: Scene from Jamestown Settlement in which the brothers of Pocahontas visit her.

Date: 1934-05-17 ca.

Description: Men loading large "International Motor Truck" crates onto a ship with a crane. Men are working near the ship, and people are watching from the second-story...

Date: 1758 

Description: Map showing lakes, rivers, cities, Native American land, and the boundaries of French and English claims in America and Canada north of New York. A title c...

Date: 1934-01-13 before

Description: Handwritten menu and "Bon Voyage" greeting in a card from the Swedish American Line, with a Swedish castle on the cover, and on the inside of the card, a t...

Date: 1911-07-15 

Description: Christening ceremony for the S.S. Harvester. The ship was built for the Wisconsin Steel Company, a subsidiary of International Harvester. The 545-fo...

Date: 2014-08-14 

Description: Underwater view of one of the deadeyes, in the middle of the ship along the port side, used on the scow schooner "Success." The ship and rigging are partia...

Date: 1881 ca.

Description: Bird's-eye view of Milwaukee from the south lakeshore.


U.S.S. Wisconsin

Date: 1945-10-23 

Description: Aerial view of U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64) in San Francisco Bay. Several boats can be seen in the water near the ship and San Francisco is visible in t...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A cargo ship on the river with a derrick.

Date: 2014-09-16 

Description: Underwater view of sinks on board the "Milwaukee," a portion of its last cargo.

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