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. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round.
The Shipwreck Society is a diverse organization that regularly publishes a newsletter, video/DVDs, booklets, and commissioned works of maritime art. Using its 47-foot Research Vessel David Boyd, the Society actively searches and documents historic shipwrecks each year during the diving season. The Society engages a team of highly experienced volunteer technical divers.
Museum visitation in 2010 was 59,945, with an annual operating budget of over $1.3 Million. The Society currently has 2,245 active members. The Shipwreck Society is a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization; all contributions are tax deductible.