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Photo Gallery | Shipwreck Exhibit On Display At Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wisconsin's mysterious underwater world is the subject of the Wisconsin Historical Museum's new exhibit, "Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast," open now through June 9.

"Ghost Ships of the Schooner Coast," developed by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, provides a rare glimpse of Wisconsin's lakes from a diver's perspective through Thomsen's giant underwater photographs. Also on display are diving equipment used by the exhibit's archeologists, a caulking iron and other artifacts from the schooner Home, one of Wisconsin's oldest shipwrecks, and an interactive video kiosk showing shipwrecks throughout the state.

Wisconsin is home to one of the world's best collections of 18th and 19th-century shipwrecks. What happened to the mighty vessels? Many remain well preserved by Lake Michigan's cold, fresh water and have stories to tell. The Rouse Simmons, also known as the "Christmas Tree Ship," faithfully served for 43 years until the fateful storm of November 1912. Pages from a replica of the crew's logbook reveal key clues to its legendary disappearance.

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is located at 30 N. Carroll St. on Madison's Capitol Square and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation: $4 per adult, $3 per child or $10 per family. Visit the museum online at www.wisconsinhistoricalmuseum.org.

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