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


Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony

The public is cordially invited to attend the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society’s annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony that will be held at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, 7:00 pm, Friday, November 10, 2017.


Employment Opportunity

Retail Sales Associate

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is looking for individuals to fill full-time or part-time retail sales associate positions at our Museum Store Gift Shop. The right candidates should possess:

  • Customer Service experience
  • Ability to work effectively with a team
  • Accuracy and attention to details
  • Computer aptitude
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

Willing to train right candidates. For an application please visit Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 or call 906-492-3747.

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sometimes called a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard.

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.


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!


The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce the 2017 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.

Those wishing to contribute to this important fundraiser may do so by visiting our 2017 Summer Appeals Donation page.

Projects that need funding in 2017 include:

  • Motor Lifeboat House Boat Exhibit Deck Construction
  • Motor Lifeboat House Rehabilitation
  • Lightkeepers Quarters Exterior Restoration
  • White Shoal Lens New Rotational Bearing
  • Underwater Research Activities

Motor Lifeboat Rehabilitation

Our Type TR USCG 36-foot Motor Lifeboat is currently undergoing active restoration at Mertaugh Boat Works of Hessel, MI.  The Shipwreck Society plans to coordinate its completion with construction of the Exhibit Deck at the north end of the Motor Lifeboat House.



Administrative: US Weather Bureau Building 400 W. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 906-635-1742 Toll Free Phone: 800-635-1742
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 888-492-3747 Contact Us