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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

The 2020 UMSAT Show has been CANCELED because of the Corona-virus Outbreak

The New Date and Venue for 2021 UMSAT Show!!

April 9 - 10, 2021

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

Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the canceled 2020 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2021 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
  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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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

HomeMadeira Hull Piece 2013


Madeira Hull Section Display Completed with Grant

By Steve Daniel


The GLSPS received a fourth Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds Grant in the amount of $1670 to add the Madeira Hull Section to the Bitts Display at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  The GLSPS sincerely appreciated the help of Thom Holden, retired director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth and Jerry Sandvick, retired UMD professor emeritus and current president of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.  Both gentleman wrote supportive documentation to help the GLSPS acquire the grant.


The Madeira Hull Section was donated to the GLSPS by Mrs. Sharron Sheppard as part of the Put-It-Back program in 2009.  The GLSPS appreciates her generosity in helping make this historic part of the Madeira shipwreck available for continued public viewing.


A small team of GLSPS volunteers, along with some professional service providers, was lead by Steve Daniel, the GLSPS project director.  Steve worked with Ms. Audrey Butts, DNR manager of Split Rock lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park, to position the Hull Section near the Madeira Bitts display that had been created by the GLSPS with another grant earlier.  Lee Radzak, manager of the Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site, generously allowed the GLSPS to store the large metal artifact at the service area until the new site was ready.


GLSPS member Al Fossum designed and built the 5 foot by 5 foot concrete base to support the heavy metal artifact.  This was completed in July 2013.  In early August, Steve cleaned the Hull Section and applied two coatings of preservative to the metal.  Steve contacted Brad Anderson, of Findland, Minnesota, to bring his heavy construction equipment to move the Hull Section from the Split Rock Lighthouse service area to the new base by the Divers parking lot up the road.   This was completed August 22, 2014.  GLSPS member Jay Hanson met with Steve at the new display to recommend attachment methods to secure the large heavy metal artifact to the base. 


Madeira Hull section complements Bitts display
at the Divers parking lot in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

While these portions of the project were in progress, a small sign to identify the artifact and its relationship to the Bitts display and shipwreck, was created by Gary Grindle, a graphics designer.  On behalf of the GLSPS, Gary arranged for the fabrication of the sign by KVO Industries in California.  This company produces durable signage for the MHS and DNR for historical sites and state parks.  The MHS Exhibit Group generously donated a sign frame to hold the new sign.  The completed sign and frame were installed October 29, 2013, with the help of Collin Wright, DNR ranger at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  This completed the project.

Collin Wright, DNR and Steve Daniel, GLSPS
celebrates completion of new Madeira Hull Section

The GLSPS sincerely appreciates the help provided by GLSPS members, professionals, the DNR and the MHS who helped create the Madeira Hull Section display.  The display was also made possible by the donor and a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.  These grants are administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.


Steve Daniel
PIB Chairman
GLSPS Board of Director