Online Database

Come explore a selection of our extensive photograph collection, including schooners, freighters, submarines, and more! We’re also beginning to add artifacts and archive materials (including ship’s logs) to our online collections so check back often!

Carus Collection

The Captain Edward Carus Photograph Collection is a fantastic resource for early images of Great Lakes vessels between the 1870s and 1930s.

Manuscript Collection
Periodical Collection
Gerald C. Metzler Database

Compiled from over 50 years of exhaustive research, the Gerald C. Metzler database consists of a comprehensive index of pre-1900 Great Lakes ships data. The digitization process continues as we convert over 30,000 handwritten records.

This project was made possible through the support of the Offield Family Foundation, Henry & Alice Barkhausen, and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Online Resources

Great Lakes and Maritime Resources

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