Tag Archives: Great Lakes Ships

Wisconsin is Trying to Turn Lake Michigan Shipwrecks Into an ‘Underwater National Park’

The waters off Wisconsin’s east coast hold treasures known and yet-undiscovered, with hundreds of sunken ships resting for decades – some for well over a century – on Lake Michigan’s floor. A federal push to create essentially an underwater national park would protect an especially interesting stretch of water, sending divers and researchers down under […]

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On This Day in 1898 (SUPERIOR CITY)

On this day (04/13) in 1898, Cleveland Ship Building launched the SUPERIOR CITY at its new yard in Lorain, Ohio. Built for Augustus Wolvin’s Zenith Transit Company, she was “the largest ship on fresh water.” She was also the first vessel to slide down the ways at Lorain. Cleveland Ship Building became American Ship Building […]

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On This Day in 1953 (BADGER)

On this day (03/21) in 1953, the C&O carferry BADGER entered service. Built by the Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay, she would be the last Lake Michigan carferry. On her first trip, BADGER sailed from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan. She carried 32 railcars filled with paper from mills in the Fox River Valley. Although […]

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