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.

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Run for the Light Update-Thanks for a Great Day!

The 8th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for Light (October 13, 2018) was a big success, with chilly temperatures, snow and over 100 participants! Despite the snow, everybody appeared to enjoy themselves and while doing so, raised important funds to help preserve our 1861 Whitefish Point Lighthouse. This light has been guiding ship traffic since Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and still operates today…making it the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. We would like to thank all of you who participated, all of our volunteers and our sponsors for making this race possible. You are helping to preserve the history that makes Whitefish Point such an important place. Thank you, and we’ll see you at the 9th Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light, on October 12, 2019. Watch our website for update(s) regarding next year’s race, and think about joining us in 2019. Thanks again!



The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce to its members and visitors that the 2018 Summer Appeal has opened! This annual fundraiser is a campaign to support Historic Preservation and Capital Improvement work for the Society, where the year-end Annual Appeal is oriented to seeking contributions for operational funding.


Stand Up for Great Lakes crossing of Lake Superior-Success!

Under near perfect conditions, the Stand Up for Great Lakes crew, consisting of Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz and Jeff Guy, paddle-boarded across Lake Superior in just 21 hours, and in doing so took a dramatic step to protect, educate and stand up for all Great Lakes.  They departed Sinclair Cove, Ontario on Tuesday morning amidst fog en route for the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck site, laid a wreath above the area of the wreck itself on Tuesday evening, and by 6am on Wednesday morning they arrived at Whitefish Point. A large crowd greeted them as the sun was coming up and the waves only then started to pick-up. Stand Up for Great Lakes named the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (501 (c)3) as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts this year, and if you would like to donate, there is still time. Please visit their website at, Let’s all take a moment to thank Kwin, Jeff and Joe for the efforts to protect our lakes and to help raise funds for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society!

Shipwreck Society Weather Bureau Building Open for the 2018 Season

Visiting the Soo Locks this summer? If so, please visit our museum on-site at Lock’s Park, located in the historic 1899 Weather Bureau Building. This structure once housed the meteorologists and equipment which kept ship’s crews (traversing the navigational locks) aware of weather conditions on Lake Superior…now it is a fascinating museum and gift shop. Exhibits tell the early history of the National Weather Service on the Upper Great Lakes, while also telling of shipwrecks, Whitefish Point Light-Station and U.S. Life-Saving Service history on the Shipwreck Coast. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Historic Weather Bureau Building section of this website.


Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum to open for the 2018 Season on Tuesday, May 1

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will open to the public on May 1, 2018. Our hours of operation are 10:00am-6:00pm daily, through October 31, 2018. We truly had an excellent year in 2017 and would like to thank everybody who visited us! In addition, our Crew’s Quarters (Bed and Breakfast) saw its highest occupancy rate ever, and we thank all of you who came and stayed with us at the Whitefish Point Light-Station this past year. The Crew’s Quarters will open this year on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Please call 800-635-1742, or see the Crew’s Quarters section of this website for more information.

Online Museum Store is Open for Business!

Here is a reminder to our web visitors that the Shipwreck Society does indeed have a Museum Store that is active throughout the year. Please click here to be directed to all categories of items and gifts for sale through our webstore.


No Drone Zone

For the safety and security of our patrons and property, The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point does not allow Drones.  Take all the pictures and videos you want, but be sure to leave your drone at home or in your vehicle! Thank you for respecting our No Drone Zone policy.


The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $28,000 for Program Support, in the area of arts and humanities. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has incorporated paintings, ship models, videos and artifacts with its museum exhibits for many years, using fine art to interpret history. Awards are based on performance as measured by how well our organization presents its programs to a large, diverse audience.

The second award is provided under MCACA’s Capital Improvement Program in the amount of $24,500 for Construction of a Boat Exhibit Display on the north end of our new Motor Lifeboat House. This will allow us to park our 36-foot USCG Motor Lifeboat outdoors for public viewing; to move it inside during the off-season months; and provide a new walkway along the woods directly to the restrooms in the new gift shop.

Donations are being accepted for this project; you may make your donation online at Historic Restoration at the Whitefish Point Light Station; by sending a check to our administrative office; or call Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742.


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.



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.


Administrative: US Weather Bureau Building 400 W. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 906-635-1742 Toll Free Phone: 800-635-1742
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