Great Lakes Underwater Shipwreck Stories and Photos

Left: The Underhills were invited by MSRA to participate in the Thomas Hume project, along with a team of divers from Chicago. We helped provide photography which was used in Valerie Olsen van Heest's books and exhibits for the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon.

Bud Brain, one of the Chicago salvage divers who helped document the Thomas Hume in preparation for the museum exhibit installation at the Hackley & Hume Historic site in Muskegon.

Bob with several of his photos of the Michigan, used in the Michigan Maritime Museum shipwreck exhibit installation.

A recent shot of the Whitefish Point Light, on the grounds of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Legendary shipwreck hunter David Trotter is a regular presenter at the Mysteries and Histories spring film festival.

Dennis Hale, sole survivor of the wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell, at the Great Lakes Shipwreck festival.

MUPC promotes the shipwreck preserve system at Our World-Underwater.
Links, Events & Great Lakes Shipwreck Friends


Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA)
MSRA "preserves and interprets Michigan's maritime heritage", engaging in shipwreck searches, museum development and public events.

Michigan Underwater Preserves Council, Inc. (MUPC)
A private, non-profit, volunteer driven organization. It was incorporated in 1989 to preserve and protect the Great Lakes shipwrecks in Michigan waters, to educate divers and non-divers on their history and to aid in their preservation. Its membership is drawn from all of Michigan's underwater preserves.

Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve
One of thirteen current MUPC volunteer organizations formed to inform and educate divers and the public regarding Michigan's historic shipwrecks: in this case, those located off the coast of Southwest Michigan.

DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society
The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society (DRLPS) has worked diligently since 1998 to restore and preserve the DeTour Reef Light located one mile offshore in northern Lake Huron at the far eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between DeTour Village and Drummond Island.

Michigan Maritime Museum
Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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, and operates a museum complex centered around the Whitefish Point lighthouse and restored buildings, open seasonally.

The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is a visitor center for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, featuring exciting exhibits for all ages.


Mysteries and Histories (MSRA)
Each year in the spring, MSRA hosts an annual film festival to share the latest stories of shipwreck exploration and documentation. The event brings together presenters from around the Great Lakes as well as talent from among the organization’s board and members. It serves as the MSRA’s primary funding activity.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival
A film festival celebrating our rich heritage of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes along with worldwide exotic dive travel. Presented by the Ford Seahorses SCUBA Diving Club in Southeast Michigan.

Our World-Underwater
The World of Water/Our World-Underwater Chicago Dive & Travel Expo offers an exhibition hall featuring major dive equipment manufacturers, travel brokers and destinations, local dive centers, and training agencies. They offer seminars, workshops and two film festivals.

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