The local maritime history of shipwrecks and the logging mills in southern Door County from the 1800s is the backdrop of a newly completed book. The Wisconsin Underwater Archeological Association’s publication called “Ghost Port Settlements and Shipwrecks in Door County’s Clay Banks Township: A Wisconsin Maritime Study” contains over 125 historical images and nearly 600 document references. Dr. Dick Boyd and Russel Leitz from the WUAA collaborated with Clay Banks resident Doug Weimer to compile the 156-page publication over the past ten years. Dr. Boyd says the book chronicles the logging industry of the latter 1800s with Door County’s rich maritime history.
The heavy-bonded spiral notebook of the Clay Banks Project will be available to purchase on the WUAA website within the next few days, according to Boyd. He says plans are to make a hardbound, paperback edition available in 2021. You can listen to the interview with Dr. Dick Boyd on “Ghost Port Settlements and Shipwrecks in Door County’s Clay Banks Township: A Wisconsin Maritime Study” on the podcast page