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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.

HomeAmerica Staircase PIB

Put It Back Project SS America Spiral Staircase Handrail

In 1999, an anonymous donor gave GLSPS the handrail cage to the spiral staircase that once existed on the open afterdeck of the SS America. It had been removed from the shipwreck, a popular dive site at Isle Royale, back in the 1960's. Shortly thereafter another diver of that period mentioned to Ken Merryman, then president of GLSPS, that he possessed the rest of the spiral staircase. He said he might be willing to donate it to GLSPS at some future time for placement in a museum. So GLSPS had been storing the handrail cage pictured below in hopes of sometime joining it with the staircase to place it in a public museum. Right now the preferred place would be the Tofte Fishing Museum which already has a nice America display and a growing number of visitors per season. Tofte was a port of call for the SS America and would seem to be a natural place for the display. Below are the photos of the staircase handrail cage.

In 2006, the Minneapolis Boat Show solicited GLSPS to be a featured display in the show and offered to donate some funding that could be used to help preserve the handrail if we would display it and several other PIB artifacts in the show. This gave us the opportunity to proceed with the conservation of the handrail and building of a display. It still appears the mating of the handrail cage and staircase may be a few years off so we decided to build a replica of the staircase to go with the handrail until that time. The pictures below show the display that we will offer for placement in the Tofte Commercial Fishing Museum. Tom Brueshaber, his friend and machinist Elmer Wittman, and Ken Merryman built the stand and display.  After the two pieces were preserved and joined again, it was transported to Superior Magazine's Offices in the main lobby.  Since then it has been out on loan to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth for the "Shipwreck Display".  After the Aquarium is done using it on the shipwreck display, it will be transported up the North Shore to the Tofte Museum where many other S.S. America artifacts are displayed.

The staircase handrail was in poor shape when the GLSPS received it.

The metal had rusted considerably from forty years of storage in a barn.

Ken Merryman cutting treads for stair replica.

Final staircase display at Minneapolis Boat Show January 2006.