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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.

HomeS.S. Meteor Project 2002

Help Restore the Meteor Sept 27-28

S.S. Meteor Historical Photo
One of our favorite historic museum ships is in dire need of your help. The whaleback SS Meteor, built in Superior Wisconsin 106 years ago by the well known shipbuilder Alexander McDougall has been a museum ship in her home town since 1971. In 1896 there were nearly 40 of her type afloat, while today she alone represents her whole class. The ship is in generally good condition, in spite of widespread rumors to the contrary, but it needs a great deal of cleaning, painting and routine maintenance. Superior does not have the resources to properly care for the ship, and volunteers are badly needed to undertake some of the necessary tasks. Chipping and painting of deck equipment and engine room spaces are planned and an overhaul of exhibits is scheduled for Spring. Superior Public Museums is seeking grant money to drydock the ship sometime in the next two to three years to undertake more ambitious hull maintenance work. The goal is to complete that work before the ship reaches its 110th birthday in 2006.

WUAA, Wisconsin Underwater Archeological Association, is planning a work weekend on September 27-28 and has invited us to roll up our sleeves to help. Last year, they spent the weekend scraping and painting in the engine room and the results were encouraging. For those of you who want to get involved in some of the activities of the society and haven't been able to get out to help on our boat, this is an great opportunity to get involved in a worthy cause. It is also a chance to really learn a lot about the inside of this unique type of ship. And you don't need any special skills. All you need is to be willing to get a little dirty and exchange some sweat equity for an interesting and fun experience. We have worked with WUAA on other projects including the Pretoria Boiler PIB project and have always had a fun time with them.

The Meteor engine room needed some TLC and a general scrape and paint job.

The Meteor engine room needed some TLC and a general scrape and paint job.

It was encouraging to see the improvement after one weekend of work.
Details: All of the details have yet to be learned, but currently the plan would be to leave Friday night Sept 26, stay in a historic house near the Meteor (lodging is provided free of charge), work Saturday and Sunday morning, and return Sunday afternoon. More details will be posted as we learn them. Phil Kerber is in charge of the arrangements for GLSPS so call or email him if you are interested. Email is probably the best but he can also be reached by phone 763.478.3074.