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02-02-20





GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

2020 UMSAT Show Hanging Poster

2020 UMSAT Show Advertising Front of Postcard

2020 UMSAT Show Advertising Back of Postcard

Date and Venue for 2020 UMSAT Show!!

April 3 - 4, 2020

2020 FEATURED SPEAKER

Fred Stonehouse

Maritime Historian and Superb Story Teller

More Speakers


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 12:00 AM

Location
 
For more information on the 2019 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2020 UMSAT Show, please visit www.umsatshow.org



If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at marylillemo@gmail.com "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at pkerber@glsps.org

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

2020 UMSAT Show Exhibitors Contract

UMSAT Show 2020 Exhibitors Sponsors Registration Form

  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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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. 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
Lumberman



 
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.