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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.P. Ely Stabilization Project 2001

S.P. Ely Stabilization Project Fall 2001

This summer, we continue our plan to document, stabilize, and preserve the Samuel P. Ely in Two Harbors. Using the 30-foot steel dive boat recently donated to GLSPS by Jay Chester, we replaced three more 3/4” support rods with 1” three piece steel rods. Now all five original 3/4” rods have been replaced with 1” rods. We then installed a sixth 1” rod about 3 feet forward of the other rods. The rod’s end nuts were tightened to secure the ship’s sides together. Three of the original two piece 3/4” rods had broken so it was necessary to replace them with more and stronger rods to avoid loosing ground on the vessel’s stabilization. Many loose deck planks were also re-secured using 5 inch galvanized lag bolts and washers counter sunk beneath the plank’s surface.

The steel rods, plates, and fasteners were again donated buy LeJeune Steel Company located on West 60th Street in Minneapolis.

Our dive boat made two trips from Silver Bay Marina to Two Harbors and divers Bob Olson, Bob Nelson, John Ortiz and Todd Olson from Northland Diving, Phil Kerber, Rick and Lynette Hiles, Paul Bullock and Ron Johnson did the work. The new dive boat worked great for hauling the steel and performing as a stable work platform for diving and repairing the Ely. More surveying and documenting was accomplished with the aid of video documentation by Rick and Lynette Hiles.

Many thanks to the all the people and business who have supported this project.

This was a busy summer and we didn’t get as much done as hoped, but we will continue with our goal to preserve the integrity of this very special vessel. We will be developing the Ely preservation plans for next summer and will publish them in our spring newsletter and on our web page. All GLSPS members are invited to help out with these projects. Please contact Bob Nelson at 651-426-1159 or through our web site if you would like to help or contribute.

Bob Nelson,
Project Chairman

Bob Olson pumps tanks on our newly acquired Wreck Diver boat.

GLSPS never travels light. Wreck Diver back deck.

Bob Olson helping divers suit up for the Ely rod repair work.

Pneumatic tools and divers keep the water well aerated above the workplace.

Rick and Lynette Hiles document the work on video.

Ron Johnson is usually behind the surface camera, but managed to get a mug shot before joining in the work.