The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula.

What's New


Highlights of the 6th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light (October 8, 2016)

The 6th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light (October 8, 2016) is now in the history books and while we did have a serious dose of blustery/rainy weather… it seemed that everyone had a wonderful time. With the combination of sun and rain, we witnessed some of the most spectacular rainbows over Lake Superior that have been seen all year. We hosted over 130 participants from all over the Midwest


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The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce that we have commenced the 2016 Summer Appeal!

This is one of two appeals conducted each year by the Society, to ask our members and friends for contributions related to Capital Improvement work at the Shipwreck Museum site, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point, Michigan. The site has been on the National Register of Historic Sites since 1973. Learn more about our 2016 Projects, or to make a donation, please visit our Summer Appeal 2016 Online Donation form.


Sean Ley, Shipwreck Society Development Officer, holds the Superior Award, with HSM President Paul Keep in background.

Shipwreck Society Receives Superior Award from Historical Society of Michigan

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received the coveted Superior Award from the Historical Society of Michigan.  The award was presented at the Upper Peninsula History Conference in Munising, Michigan on Saturday, June 25, 2016.



Fitzgerald - Legend Lives On

NEW Book Release

The Legend Lives On S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald: Featuring rare archival material and exclusive underwater images by Bruce Lynn and Christopher Winters, The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

Order your book on-line here.



2016 Funding Announced

New 2016 Funding Announced from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The Shipwreck Society is very pleased to announce receipt of two grant funding awards from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for its fiscal year 2016.



Digital Presentation Equipment Installed

Thanks to funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the historic 1923 USCG Motor Lifeboat House now has professional, digital presentation equipment for its use as a video theatre and presentation facility beginning in the 2016 season. We thank MCACA for this funding!


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