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

2021 Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial will be a closed event, virtual livestream planned.

The Edmund Fitzgerald memorial event, held annually at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, will be a closed event this year. The number of COVID cases have been increasing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, thus we will livestream the event, while only Fitzgerald surviving family members, USCG personnel and speakers will attend in person. Watch this website for additional information, and for the livestream link. For more information, contact the Shipwreck Society administrative offices at 800-635-1742. Thank you!

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm through October 31, 2021. The Crew’s Quarters at Whitefish Point, and the Historic Weather Building in Sault Ste. Marie are both closed until further notice. Stay updated on events and news announcements – Sign up for our Enewsletter.

Attention GLSHS Members!

The 2021 Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society Annual Meeting will be a virtual (Zoom) event. We are working with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to host this virtual meeting, and award-winning historian/author Ric Mixter will be our featured speaker. The Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7pm (EST). We will need a current email address in order for you to participate. A business meeting, with the election of new board members, will take place during the event. 



For the safety and security of our patrons and property, Whitefish Point is a No Drone Zone.  This includes US Fish & Wildlife Service Property/Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Whitefish Point Unit), Whitefish Point Bird Observatory/Michigan Audobon Society property is also protected as a No Drone Zone. 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.

Unique gifts for your special someone ...

Our online gift shop has unique gifts and ‘not found anywhere else’ items that we’re sure you or that special someone in your life would treasure.

We’ve added lots of new items to each category in our web store, with several that are one of a kind to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  Check out the original Stormy Kromer cap with Shipwreck Museum logo or the Edmund Fitzgerald Lego kit. Choose from our great selection of Holiday itemsSouvenirs or send a gift certificate for that special person on your gift list!

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Operational Support Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Awarded

We are very pleased to announce that the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received an Operational Support Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), for support of its operations during the State’s 2020-2021 fiscal year, in the amount of $24,000. This funding is most welcome and quite remarkable during these difficult times.


H.O.P.E. Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce that the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received two emergency funding grants to aid the Society through the summer of 2020, when the pandemic has seriously affected non-profit organizations in the United States. We thank the MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL for a Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency (H.O.P.E.) grant of $5,000, specifically to support staffing needs at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, with an emphasis on the Motor Lifeboat House.



The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS), a leader in the field of underwater exploration and shipwreck documentation on the Upper Great Lakes, recently discovered the wreckage of the composite steamer S.R. Kirby. The vessel sank near Eagle Harbor, Michigan in May 1916. The S.R. Kirby was a relatively unusual ship, in that it was constructed using an iron framework, with a wooden hull. The vessel was 294’ long, built in 1890 (Wyandotte, MI) and rests in over 800’ of water.


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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