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About the database

The Gerald C. Metzler Great Lakes Vessel Database is a comprehensive index of Great Lakes ships from the 18th and 19th centuries. Compiled from over 50 years of exhaustive research by Gerald Metzler, the database is in the process of being digitized from a collection of over 30,000 handwritten vessel records. The creation of the online database was made possible through the support of the Offield Family Foundation, Henry & Alice Barkhausen, and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

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