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


WCMU's Destination Michigan program to feature the Shipwreck Museum!

Here’s a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of Destination Michigan all about the Upper Peninsula’s Shipwreck Coast, with a segment featuring the Whitefish Point Light Station!



Greetings from Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society!

We are working hard to get ready for the 2017 season at the Shipwreck Museum and hope that each of you will visit us this year. We’ll open the museum on Monday, May 1, 2017 and close on Tuesday, October 31. Of course, we’ll host our annual Edmund Fitzgerald memorial ceremony on November 10, and we’ll also host Frank Mays, the only living survivor from the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley, on July 14-15-16, 2017. For those runners/walkers out there, we’ll feature our 7th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light on Saturday, October 14.

For our membership (it’s easy to join…see Become a Member), our GLSHS Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017, to take place in Paradise, Michigan. Be sure to check-in here on the Shipwreck Society website for updates and more information as the year progresses, and for an amazing aerial glimpse of Whitefish Point during warmer conditions, have a look at the following video (compliments of Corey Adkins, TV 9&10 Director of Photojournalism)


2017 Funding Announced

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $20,000 for Program Support, particularly in the area of arts and humanities.


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.



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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