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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Mysteries & Histories Beneath the Inland Seas 2020 is Postponed!

With growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus, the board of directors of Michigan Shipwreck Research Association is canceling the 2020 “Mysteries & Histories Beneath the Inland Seas” shipwreck film festival which had been scheduled for Saturday, March 21. We had hoped to be able to reschedule the program – or a similar program sometime later in 2020. It now appears we will have to wait until March of 2021 to proceed. If you became a member or renewed your membership, you will remain a member, with the included ticket(s) honored for the next event date. If you purchased individual tickets for the event through Eventbrite (without a membership) you may:
  1.  “Let it ride” – Your tickets will be honored at the next event. If it turns out that you cannot attend the future event, you may ask for a refund at that time.
  2. Ask for a refund. Email
Thank you for understanding!

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