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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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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!

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 Project 2000

Ely Stabilization Project: 2000 Season Report

by Bob Nelson, Ely Project Chairman

On October 19, 1896, the Samuel P. Ely went aground on the breakwater at Two Harbors, Minnesota, during a fierce storm, and finally settling on the lake bottom. She has lain there ever since, slowly deteriorating and being stripped of her possessions, until a group of concerned divers came to save her 98 years later. Many of these divers later established the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society. The society is continuing to preserve the Ely and other Great Lakes shipwrecks. As far as is known there are no other representatives of these 200-foot, 3-masted Great Lakes schooners so well preserved, and the goal of the GLSPS is to preserve this shipwreck as is being done with above water National Register of Historic Places sites.

For the year 2000, we plan to continue the Ely’s preservation by monitoring the shipwreck for changes and movement, placing a mooring block and along side her, begin mapping the ship and site, and continue stabilization of the hull. In April, we will continue monitoring the hull for movement and absolute position changes of various parts and areas of the hull and deck, and also identify any immediate preservation work needed. In May, we plan to place a mooring block and shipwreck buoy. This will both mark the shipwreck and allow boats to tie up. We have the buoy, but still need a mooring block of 5000 to 10,000 pounds or something else that will work. We plan to begin mapping the Ely in June or July; hoping to complete the drawings within 2 years. By the end of summer, we should have a detailed plan for the Ely’s further preservation activities. We are looking for a few more good divers to help with these projects. Contact Bob Nelson at 651-426-1159 or through our web site if you would like to help.