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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!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at or contact Ken Merryman at or Phil Kerber at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitors Contract W/ Registration Form 

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitor Sponsors Registration Form

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. 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. 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.

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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2009 Projects

This is your opportunity to get involved and participate. Projects are open to all GLSPS Members.
Members and Non-Members, if you are interested in volunteering,
or have questions on a project, please contact the Project leader.

Keep in mind, some projects fill up fast, so sign up early to ensure your spot.
The GLSPS dive boat, the RV Preservation, will be available for use with many of these projects.
Date Project Project Leader & Captain(s) PL Telephone Comments
April 25 - 26 Meteor Clean-up & Repair Phil Kerber 763-420-2059 Cleanup was a success, record attendance of 50+ volunteers.
May 30 - 31 Boat Work – Uncover, Clean, Prep & Paint, Install Shelves Ken Knutson 612-861-8851 Cleaned up boat, scraped and painted.
June 6 - 7 Preservation Launch & Shakedown Ken Knutson &
Phil Kerber
763-420-2059 Launched RV Preservation, Passed all shakedown tests.
June 13 - 14 Underwater tools and techniques Class & Ely Survey Phil Kerber &
Bob Olson
763-420-2059 10 new students completed the class, Ely survey was completed and new stabilization plan is being developed.
June 27 - 28 Essex Mast Restoration Paul Imsland &
Tom Brueshaber
612-822-7642 Moved to Winter/Spring 2010
July 18 - 19 Madeira Pilothouse Survey Corey Daniel &
Steve Daniel
218-343-4970 Completed, Video and Photos taken, Stabilization plan in progress.
July 25 - 26 Ely Stabilization ProjectPt. 1 Bob Nelson &
Phil Kerber
651-426-1159 Completed, 6 holes were drilled and prepared for rods, some decking reattached.
August 8 - 9 Ely Stabilization ProjectPt. 2 Bob Nelson 651-426-1159 Install Rods, secured support beam for bilge pump.
August 15 - 16 Ely Stabilization ProjectPt 3 if needed Bob Nelson &
Phil Kerber
651-426-1159 Finish previous uncompleted tasks.
August 22 - 23 Grand Marais Harbor Survey – Elgin & Liberty Artifacts Steve Daniel 651-470-5389 Project Started. Established coordinates on a few artifacts Project will continue in 2010
September 11 - 13 America Monitoring and Archeology Survey Project Ken Merryman &
Phil Kerber
763-785-9516 Met with NPS Archeology Staff and assisted in survey with Video and still photography
September 11 - 14 Mayflower Survey & Clean-up Pete McConnell &
Steve Daniel
763-545-1738 Survey performed by archeologist Keith Meverden & Tammy Thompson from WUAA. Debris around shipwreck was removed.
September 19 - 20 Wilson Clean-up & Zebra Mussel Project Tim Pranke&
Phil Kerber

Zebra mussels test removal areas were created. Cleaned up debris and garbage around shipwreck. Zebra mussel monitoring will continue in 2010

Divers must have Advanced Open Water Diver certification or comparable experience.
In addition some projects will require training in underwater tools and techniques, which
you can obtain by attending the "Underwater Tools and Techniques Class" offered in June every year.

Please, If you sign up for a project and find you are unable to attend for whatever reason,
we would appreciate it if you would notify the project leader
as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.