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Dedicated to Preserving our Shipwrecks and Maritime History
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

If we are allowed to have a physical Show
The 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 11:00 PM


If we have a Virtual Show Only
The dates would be

April 6 - 10, 2021

There will be one speaker each night 
starting at 7:00 PM

Saturday will have two speakers and
the GLSPS Awards Event 
Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on 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

HomeS.P. Ely Projects 2002

S.P. Ely Projects 2002

Mooring Buoy Project - July 13 & 14 in Agate Bay at Two Harbors, MN

Phil Kerber, wearing a GLSPS ELY T-shirt (top left) holds new ELY buoy, mooring chains and 10-inch bolts that were fastened to a large rock on the bottom near the shipwreck. The mooring will help prevent damage to the ship by eliminating the need of anchors. Diamond tipped drill bits, donated by the late Jerry Provost, were used to drill the holes in the rock for the bolt holding system.

Ely Stabilization Project: 2002 Season Report

by Bob Nelson, Ely Project Chairman

This summer we continued our quest to preserve the Samuel P. Ely at Two Harbors. Our spring surveying of the wreck showed the preservation efforts so far are holding and no immediate stabilization repairs were needed. Hence, our primary goals for the summer were to install a shipwreck buoy at the site and begin current documentation.

After years of trying to place a shipwreck mooring buoy at the Ely by placing a concrete block at the site for a mooring anchor we finally succeeded to place a buoy by bolting a chain system to the lake bottom to secure the mooring line to. The 1-inch diamond tipped drill bits donated to GLSPS by the late Jerry Provost were used to drill holes into the rock lake bottom. Then three 1-inch bolts were fastened into the holes to secure a mooring chain anchoring system to the lake bottom. The weekend of July 13th and 14th five GLSPS divers drilled the holes in the lake bottom and installed a shipwreck buoy for boats to tie to while diving the Ely. We hope all boats that want to position themselves over the shipwreck will use this mooring and not drop anchors on the shipwreck.

The Ely documentation got off to grand start with the help of David Cooper, a noted Underwater Archaeologists and Steve Daniel, author and artist for the book S.S America, A Divers Vision of the Past, giving a 2-day shipwreck documentation class at the Ely site. The divers who attended were Ken Knutson, Bob Olson, Bob Nelson, Byron Meyer, Randy Beebe, and Jay Cole who recorded the class activities with his video camera. A large part of the class efforts were hands on documentation methods and drawing, and the excellent ideas and drawings done by the class participants made will be used in the final documentation report. See the detailed report in this newsletter.

For more information and wanting to help contact Bob Nelson at 651-426-1159 or through our web site at

Bob Nelson
Ely Project Chairman

Jay Cole readies his camera to prepare to film the GLSPS activity underwater. Jay interviewed the GLSPS crew on the surface, then descended underwater to film the process of drilling, fastening the chain plates with bolts and tethering the buoy to the mooring chains.

Steve Daniel gets ready to descend to take his turn drilling holes in the rock. A pneumatic grinder with a lead weight belt draped on top, held the 12-inch diamond tipped drill in place while the divers did the drilling.

The location of the buoy near the breakwater. The ship is located off the second piling plate semi-circle. The floating line has a loop that may be used to moor a boat temporarily to the line while divers descend below to explore the 106-year old shipwreck in Agate Bay near the iron ore loading docks at Two Harbors.

The new buoy shows a label cautioning visitors to be certified divers and to use appropriate safety precautions and diver etiquette when diving the shipwreck. The label also identifies the shipwreck below as the S.P. ELY.

SBD 10/14/2002