Littered on the bottom of the Great Lakes are the remains of more than 6,000 shipwrecks gone missing on the Great Lakes since the late 1600s when the first commercial sailing ships began plying the region, most during the heyday of commercial shipping in the nineteenth century. The vast expanse of these inland waterways provided a natural transportation system linking the Midwestern states and portions of Canada to the rest of the world.

CLICK HERE for a menu of maritime losses in the southeast quadrant of Lake Michigan.

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MSRA operates a virtual museum sharing in “on-line format” some of the many exhibits produced based on the work of MSRA. These exhibits began as temporary displays at local and regional museums and have been relocated to this virtual site at or near the end of their museum run, so that the information is not lost and can continue to be used and enjoyed. If you were unable to see the exhibits in person, here’s your chance.

MSRA also maintains a collection of donated or purchased shipwreck artifacts, ephemera, and images that can be seen

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After three long years, we are back with our 22nd annual shipwreck show at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland Michigan! This year’s date is Friday, April 29, 2022. Tickets are still just $15 for four awesome presentations. Get your tickets now as this surely will be a sold-out show! Click here to purchase your tickets. They will be emailed to you. Here’s the
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