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

2018 Employment Opportunities at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Shipwreck Society is hiring full-time and part-time seasonal positions for 2018, with most positions starting in late April/early May, and ending on October 31. We are looking for motivated individuals for the following positions:


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What do you think about getting on a paddle board and paddling across Lake Superior?

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is very proud to announce that the group, Stand Up For Great Lakes, has selected us to be their beneficiaries in 2018! The guys in Stand Up For Great Lakes put their bodies on the line and act…they don’t talk, they do.


Annual Appeal 2017

Members of the Shipwreck Society are familiar with our Annual Appeal fundraiser, which is designed to raise operational support funding from our visitors, guests, and members before the end of the 2017 tax year. Gifts made in 2017 are tax-deductible as the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.

Members will receive a contribution envelope in the U.S. mail in the next week or so. However, you may make your contribution online right now by clicking Annual Appeal Year-End 2017.


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.



We graciously thank all of our many museum visitors for coming to Whitefish Point in 2017! This has truly been one of most successful museum seasons the Shipwreck Society has ever seen, in terms of attendance, programs, underwater research, and financial stability. Members, you should receive a new edition of your Shipwreck Journal very soon.

We hope to see everyone next year, when the museum opens, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768 888-492-3747 Contact Us