Welcome to the Ohio Shipwreck Inventory home page. As a Great Lake state, Ohio has 312 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie. It is estimated that over 2,000 ships have been lost in Lake Erie; nearly 600 are believed to be in Ohio waters. To help document Ohio’s maritime heritage, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office created an inventory form that focuses on the specific details of a ship’s character. The goal is to establish a detailed inventory of all shipwrecks under the state of Ohio jurisdiction. The resulting information will be used as a cultural resource management planning tool for the identification, location, evaluation, nomination, and protection of these vessels.
Instructions for completing the Ohio Shipwreck Inventory
Blank Microsoft Access 2000 Database (5.5 MB)
Shipwreck Inventory Submission Process
Online Research Resources
NOAA Office of Coast Survey—online Chart Viewer
Association for Great Lakes Maritime History
The Great Lakes Historical Society -Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center
BGSU - Center For Archival Collections - Historical Collections Of The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Total Losses of Great Lakes Ships (1679-1999)
Maritime Archaeological Survey Team
Lake Erie Shipwreck and Dive Location Pages
Shipwrecks & Maritime Tales of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
National Register Bulletin—Nominating Historic Vessels and Shipwrecks to The National Register of Historic Places
Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Travel Itinerary
Lake Erie Shipwrecks
Cleveland Underwater Explorers
Ohio Revised Code Governing Shipwrecks ORC Section 1506.30-1506.99
ODNR Office of Coastal Management
Shipwreck photographs courtesy of Jack Papes. Used with permission.
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