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Microfilm and Textual Records Relating to Maritime Accidents and Casualties (Wreck Reports) in the National Archives and Records Administration, Great Lakes Region (Chicago)

Records of the U. S. Coast Guard (RG 26)
and the U. S. Customs Service (RG 36)

Wreck reports exist among several series of records of the U. S. Customs Service and the U. S. Coast Guard. These records can be found in both microfilm and textual formats at the Great Lakes Region (Chicago). Listings not annotated with a series entry number relate to records series where no series entry numbers are listed. The series entry numbers provided below relate to the following record groups and series:

Record Group 26, Records of the U. S. Coast Guard

  • Series Entry 81, Journal of Shipwrecks, 1840-1933

  • Series Entry 241B, Wreck Reports of Stations, 1882-1920

Record Group 36, Records of the U. S. Customs Service

  • Series Entry 1712, Wreck Reports, 1871-1901

  • Series Entry 1728, Wreck Reports for Chicago, 1879-1897

  • Series Entry 1755, Wreck Reports, 1893-1900

I. Microfilm

  • Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes, 1863-1873. (Microfilm Publication T729) 1 roll.

  • Index to U.S. Coast Guard Casualty and Wreck Reports, 1913-1939. (Microfilm Publication T926) 7 rolls.

  • U.S. Coast Guard Casualty and Wreck Reports, 1913-1939. (Microfilm Publication T925) 21 rolls.

II. Textual Records

  • Alpena, MI, October 1879-November 1902 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Ashtabula, OH, 1894-1904 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Bailey's Harbor, WI, 1896-1919 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Charlevoix, MI, 1900-1920 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Chicago, IL, 1879-1897 (RG 36, Series Entry 1728); 1895-1902 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B); 1908-1941 (RG 36)

  • Cleveland, OH, 1884-1917 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B); 1893-1900 (RG 36, Series Entry 1755)

  • Crisp Point, MI, 1885-1918 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Detroit, MI, 1889-1893 (RG 36, Series Entry 1752); 1911-1943; Testimony Taken During Investigations of Collisions, 1905-1908 (RG 36)

  • Duluth, MN, 1871-1901 (RG 36, Series Entry 1712); 1895-1915 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Evanston, IL, 1883-1918 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Evansville, IN, 1909-1942 (RG 36)

  • Grande Sable Point, MI, 1883-1902 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Holland, MI, 1887-1919 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Jackson Park (Chicago), IL, 1893-1920 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Kalamazoo River, MI, September 1872-April 1879 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Kenosha, WI, 1883-1915 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • La Crosse, WI, 1881-1911 (RG 36)

  • Lake View Beach, MI 1883-1913 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Lorain, OH, 1911-1917 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Marquette, MI, 1911-1921 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Milwaukee, WI, 1874-1899 (RG 36, Series Entry 1746); 1893-1920 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B); 1903-1936 (RG 36)

  • Muskegon, MI, 1882-1918 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • North Manitou Island, MI, 1883-1911 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • North Point, WI, January 1874-September 1875 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Portage, MI, 1905-1918 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Port du Morts, WI, September 1863-July 1938 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Pottawatomie, WI, October 1882-October 1911 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Racine, WI, 1883-1921 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Rock of Ages, Michigan, October 1909-May 1933 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Sault Sainte Marie, MI, 1932-1942 (RG 36)

  • Sheboygan, WI, 1895-1917 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Ship Canal, WI, 1886-1905 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • South Chicago, IL, 1890-1921 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Sturgeon Bay, WI, 1898-1917 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Thunder Bay (Island), MI, 1883-1916 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • Toledo, OH, July 1898-October 1942 (RG 36)

  • Two Harbors, MN, June 1913-September 1914 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Two Rivers, WI, 1883-1920 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B); December 1886-October 1896 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

  • Vermilion, OH, 1883-1920 (RG 26, Series Entry 241B)

  • West Huron Island, MI, September 19, 1898; April 30, 1909 (RG 26, Series Entry 81)

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