Local shipwreck society changes structure

From Soo Evening News


The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society announces a significant change in its structure, mode of operation and leadership responsibilities.

In recognition of the essentially seasonal nature of the Shipwreck Society’s business operations, the Board of Directors has elected to re-focus its efforts to a more seasonal role.

Part of this shift will involve elimination of the year-round Executive Director’s position, held for many years by Society founder and underwater explorer Tom Farnquist. Farnquist will remain with the GLSHS in a “Director Emeritus” capacity.

Farnquist is recognized as the inspirational leader and founder of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society established in 1978. His passion, vision and professional diving and museum accomplishments are being applauded by the technical diving and professional museum community throughout North America.

Before Farnquist founded the Shipwreck Society, the historic light station at Whitefish Point was deteriorating.
Farnquist transformed that site into the maritime heritage center it is today.

Working with an all volunteer board of directors he systematically restored the interiors and exteriors of the historic 1861 lighthouse and keeper’s quarters, the 1923 Coast Guard Crew Quarters, Lookout tower and Boathouse.

He also initiated measures to help protect the surrounding dunes environment and created a museum dedicated to the sailors and shipwrecks that perished on Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast.



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