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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

Date and Venue for 2020 UMSAT Show!!

April 3 - 4, 2020


Fred Stonehouse

Maritime Historian and Superb Story Teller

Friday Night at the Movies
7:00 to 10:00 PM

Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Main Show

(Meet and Greet Party with Food and Beverages)
At The Holiday Inn Hospitality Room
(Next Door to Jimmy's)
7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

For more information on the 2019 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2020 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

2020 UMSAT Show Exhibitors Contract

UMSAT Show 2020 Exhibitors Sponsors Registration Form

  UMSAT Booth Table Layout at Jimmy's Event Center

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving or adventure travel experiences.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!

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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!

GLSPS Project Sponsors

Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Required to show GLSPS Membership Card! 
Thank you, Scott and Tracy!

Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. You will be required to show your GLSPS Membership Card.  They have also loaned us a GoPro HD video camera for a few projects. Thank you, Steve and Jolene!

Videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center filmed in Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee charter trip. Click on their above logo for information to join them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906

Jay Hanson from North Shore Scenic Cruises has helped the GLSPS on many projects. Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diver.

Jay has taken a different path for the past few years and his scuba charters are no longer available. However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Wenonah which was previously used to transport people from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale, MI. He now offers day cruises on the North Shore of Lake Superior and is docked at the Silver Bay, MN Marina.

For the last two years the Wenonah has been laid up in dry dock to replace the entire steel bottom of the boat in order to pass the Coast Guard Safety Inspection. 
The Wenonah will hopefully be ready for service in 2020.

If you are interested in booking a 2 hour - day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining him and his staff on a north shore day cruise.

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GLSPS 2012 Programs and Projects Schedule

Completed January 25, 2012

Please Note:


Project Registration will be available as the Projects Leaders enter their Projects.

If Registration is not available for the project of interest, please check back daily.


The GLSPS 2012 Summer Programs and Project Schedule, indicated in RED on the events Calender, includes activities for both diving and non-diving members to participate in. We encourage non-diving members to assist with surface support and project documentation, whether keeping written notes or photographing the project work.

Please check out the Project Sponsors listed on the lower left of this web page.  These sponsors will provide free air fills and 1/2 off rental for any scuba gear needed for GLSPS projects you are participating in.  Please click on the logo to gain access to their website to find additional information.

  • Opening the season, we usually Present an Ice Diving Documentation Practice Class on a shipwreck in Lake Minnetonka.  In 2012, the ice was too unpredictable so the dives were cancelled for this year.  If you would like to learn more about documenting a shipwreck in an overhead environment, please contact the Leader of this project .   (Certain requirements are required for this dive).
  • In April every year, we plan a joint above water project between Superior Public Museums, LSMMA, and the GLSPS.  It involves a weekend of preserving and stabilizing the SS Meteor Whale-back on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.  This is an above water project for all non divers and divers to enjoy.  (Although encouraged, you do not have to be a member to join us)!
  • Two weeks before Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.  
  • The first part of June our Underwater Tools & Techniques class is held to provide training for use on tool and preservation techniques used for underwater stabilization and preservation work. Please don't hesitate to register for the class if interested.  The GLSPS will only run the class if we have six or more students. 
  • July through September is when our underwater projects occur. As most of these projects occur in or near Lake Superior, a common launch point is the R/V Preservation, moored at Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth, MN.
  • Group size is limited on most projects so call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project and what your time commitment will be, as well as any requirements for participation.  Descriptions and Registering for each project is available by clicking on the Name of the Project in the "2012 Projects Schedule" section of this website page below.
  • If there is underwater work, you will need to bring cold-water diving gear.
  • If there is stabilization work needed, you will need to have completed the Tools and Techniques Class
  • These are work projects, so project supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS, but food expenses will be shared by the participating members.
  • New Levels of projects have been created in an index below the project list.  (Please read below).
  • It is required to have your own health Insurance to participate in any of the Projects.
  • It is also recommended to have D.A.N. Insurance or equivalent. 
  • Liability Releases are required for each participant by clicking on Master Liability and Waiver Forms to print, read and sign before project starts.  The boat cannot leave the dock until all forms are signed and reviewed.

We hope you will be able to join us as a volunteer on a project.  We are certain you will have fun and make a difference in helping preserve maritime history!



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2012 Programs and Projects





Project Leader & Captain(s)

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January 1 – Oct 31

Level - 1

Essex Mast Restoration Project


Steve Daniel - Leader

Tom Brueshaber – Co Leader



February 24 – 25

Level - 1

UMSAT Show 2012 


Ken Merryman –Chairperson

UMSAT Phone Number




April 4,

First Responder First Aid Course  DONE

Scott Wemyss – Instructor


April 1 – October 31

Level 1

Madeira Hull Piece (PIB) Placing at trail head of divers access

Steve Daniel - Leader

Tom Brueshaber



April 01 – Oct 31

Level - 1

Sevona Whistle - Restoration and Display Project (PIB)

Steve Daniel – Leader


April 27 – 29

Level -1

S.S. Meteor Preservation Project   (DONE)

Phil Kerber – Leader




May 19 - 20          

Level - 1

R/V Preservation Work Weekend (DONE)

Ken Knutson – Leader




May 26 – 28

Level - 1

R/V Preservation 2nd Work Weekend


Ken Knutson - Leader


June 2 – 3

Level - 1

R/V Preservation Launch / Shakedown And Member BBQ  (DONE)

Phil Kerber - Leader

Ken Knutson – Boat Operator



June 9 – 10

Level – 2

 S P Ely Documentation  (Postponed & combined with the July 21 - 22 Proj.

Bob Nelson - Leader

Phil Kerber - Boat Operator



July 7

Level - 2

GLSPS Introduction To Underwater Documentation  (DONE)

Crosby, MN, Louise Mine Pit.

Bob Nelson - Leader



July 21 - 22

Level - 2

Documentation, Photo And Video Practice (On S P Ely)  7/21/2012  (DONE)

Bob Nelson - Leader

Phil Kerber - Boat Operator



July 28 - 29

Level – 3 

Madeira And Hesper Monitoring Project  (DONE)

Corey Daniel – Leader

Steve Daniel – Boat Operator



August 1 - 5

Level - 2

McCargoe Cove Survey Project  (DONE)

Randy Beebe – Leader / Captain - Bob Nelson - RV Preservation Operator




August 18 – 19

Level - 2

Grand Marais Harbor Survey Project (DONE)

Steve Daniel – Leader

Steve Daniel – Boat Operator


September 07 – 10


Make up Weekend


Boat Operator?


October 13 -14

Level – 3 & 4

Wilson Monitoring And Cleanup Project


Tim Pranke - Leader

Corey Daniel Co-Leader

Phil Kerber – Boat Operator




Date:  TBD

Level - 2

Grand Portage Artifact Documentation Survey  Moved to next year

Ken Merryman- Leader

Ken Merryman Captain



Date:  TBD

Level 5

Olive Jeanette Video Documentation

Special Invitation Only
Moved to next year 

Ken Merryman-Leader

Ken Merryman-Captain




The GLSPS dive boat, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use with many of these projects.  Members, this is your opportunity to get involved and participate.  Projects are open to GLSPS Members.  Divers must have a certification from basic scuba diving to Advanced Open Water Diver certification or comparable experience, depending on project level. (See levels below).  Level 3 to five require a level of advanced open water and sometimes advanced technical dive certifications.  Stabilization Projects will require proprietary training and skills with preservation techniques and underwater tool handling.  The GLSPS will offer annual training for this once per year as interest builds.  If you are interested in any of the above projects, please contact the trip leader and sign up early.  Please remember, any of the above programs and projects can changed, postponed or canceled at any time because of weather, underwater visibility, scheduling, lack of personnel and volunteers for the projects.


Level 1 – Non Diving Project

Level 2 – Basic Scuba Certification 20 logged dives Minimum

Level 3 – Advanced Open Water Certification – 30 Logged dives Minimum

Level 4 – Advanced Technical Diver / Occasional and light deco procedures - 60 or more logged dives

Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Re-breather deep Diving / (Invitation only)

TT = Tools and techniques training required

OE = Overhead Environment

ID = Ice Diving Certification to dive but not limited to Surface Crewing