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Historical Essay

Shipbuilding in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipbuilding in Wisconsin.

Underwater Archaeology

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

Historical Essay

Lady Elgin (shipwreck, 1860)

Brief description of the sinking of the Lady Elgin which was carryinh about 300 Milwaukeeans.

Historical Essay

The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

Historical Essay

Shipwrecks in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipwrecks in Wisconsin.

Learn how artifacts are conserved after they have been excavated from their underwater resting places

Historical Essay

Lighthouses and Lifesaving

Underwater Archaeology

Learn about the importance of lighthouses on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Historical Essay

Niagara (shipwreck, 1856)

Brief description of the burning of the steamer Niagara. Congressman John B. Macy of Empire, Fond du Lac County, was numbered among the victims.

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks
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