Featured Item: Wisconsin Shipwrecks

Posted: Oct 28, 2019Author: Cecilia Smith

This is a shapefile of 631 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Historical Society compiled the data.

What BTAA Library submitted the item?

University of Wisconsin

Interesting tidbits:

  • There’s a good deal of interesting attribute data in the shapefile, including: the vessel type, where the vessel was built, the lives lost in the wreck, and more.
  • Using this dataset, you could create a time animation using the wreck dates or a comparison of home ports and wreck locations.

Where can I find out more?

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Cecilia Smith is the GIS & Maps Librarian at the University of Chicago.