This database was compiled many years ago by SOS volunteers. It comprises the main part of the original S.O.S. database that was designed to be used at a kiosk in a museum. The largest portion consisting of 28, 000 records has now been web enabled here for your convenience. We hope this will be of use to you and please remember that these pages are copyright protected and can not be reproduced in print or other electronic formats. This information is for research purposes only. While every effort was made as to accuracy, we are not responsible for any typos or misinformation we gathered from other sources. Data is from sources as outlined to the best of our knowledge.Search the Marine Heritage Database
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– We make no claim of accuracy, these records have been recorded as a best effort
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List of sources of Marine Heritage data in the S.O.S. database:
anonymous. 1868. Summary of Disasters on the Canadian Coasts of Lakes Erie and Huron. Department of Public Works, Marine Reporters Office, Ottawa handwritten report).
anonymous. 1899. History of the Great Lakes Volume I. J.H. Beers & Co. (reprinted as >Adventures on the Great Lakes. Coles Publishing Co. Limited, Toronto, Ontario 1980)
anonymous. Statement of Shipping Casualties Resulting in Total Loss on the Inland Waters Excluding the St. Lawrence River Below Montreal, From 1870 Up to Date.
Beeson’s Marine Dictionary of the Northwestern Lakes. Season of Navigation 1920. Mrs. Harvey C. Beeson, Chicago
Bowen, D.T. 1971. Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Freshwater Press, Cleveland, 368 pp. ‘
Bowen, D.T. 1946. Memories of the Lakes. Dana Thomas Bowen. Daytona Beach, Florida. 292 pp.
Bowen, D.T. [536 records] (source unconfirmed)
Bowen, D.T. 1940. Lore of the Lakes. Dana Thomas Bowen. Daytona Beach, Florida. 314 pp.
Jackson, J. A. (ed.) 1969. Ahoy and Farewell. Marine Historical Society of Detroit, Hebda Printing Service Co. 89 pp.
Greenwood, J.O. 1984. Namesakes 1920-1929. Freshwater Press, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, 377 pp.
Greenwood, J.O. 1986. Namesakes 1910-1919 Steel Steamers Gone to War. Freshwater Press, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, 377 pp.
Greenwood, J.O. 1987. Namesakes 1900-1909. Freshwater Press, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, 529 pp.
Kohl, C. 1987. Shipwreck Tales: The St. Clair River (to 1900). Cris Kohl, Chatham, Ontario, 206 pp.
Kohl, C. 1990. Dive Ontario. Cris Kohl, Chatham Ontario, 312 pp.
Kohl, C. 1994. Dive Ontario Two! Cris Kohl, Chatham Ontario, 312 pp.
Parker, J. 1986. Shipwrecks of Lake Huron… The Great Sweetwater Sea. Avery Color Studios, Au Train, Michigan. 183 pp.
Stonehouse, F. 1977. Marquette Shipwrecks. Avery Color Studios, Au Train, Michigan. 81 pp.
Stonehouse, F. 1983. Isle Royale Shipwrecks. Avery Color Studios, Au Train, Michigan. 182 pp.
Stonehouse, F. 1985. Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Avery Color Studios, Au Train, Michigan. 275 pp.
Stonehouse, F. 1988. Keweenaw Shipwrecks. Avery Color Studios, Au Train, Michigan. 362 pp.
Swayze, D.D. 1992. Shipwreck! Harbor House Publishers, Inc. Boyne City, Michigan. 260 pp.
Van der Linden, P.J. 1979. Great Lakes Ships We Remember. Freshwater Press, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio. 413 pp.
Wilson, L.S. Directory of Great Lakes Commercial Sail. unpublished manuscript.
Wolffe, J.F., Jr. 1990. Lake Superior Shipwrecks. Lake Superior Port Cities Inc., Duluth, Minnesota. 282 pp.
Jenson’s Card Catalogue, Chicago Historical Society