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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.

HomeCruise Back RV Preservation to Duluth 2016

Cruise R/V Preservation from Silver Bay Marina back to Duluth

September 10 - 11, 2016

Join us for this fun and relaxing GLSPS event!

Depending on the time and weather, we will be making Fun Dives on each shipwreck during  the cruise back to Duluth.  We will be removing shipwreck mooring buoys also
To learn more about the event and the itinerary, please click on link below
or "Register Now" button
The Morning Before Departure from Silver Bay

Hesper  Deck
Photo By Tamera Tompsen

R/V Preservation at the Madeira
Photo By Steve Daniel

Madeira Bits
Photo By Steve Daniel

Preparing to remove Mooring Buoy After Dive 
Preparing to Remove Mooring Buoys After Dive
Photo By Steve Daniel
Split Rock Light House Scenery from the Lake Side
Photo By Steve Daniel

Diver Phil K Relaxing Before Removing S.P. Ely Mooring Buoy for Season
Photo By Kelly Murphy
Please join us if you have the time.  We do a little diving, do a little work and cruise to absorb
much of the great scenery the North Shore of Lake Superior has to offer
"Bring your Cameras"
Hope you can join us.
GLSPS Board of Directors
Cruise Back RV Preservation Back to Duluth Spirit Lake Marina
September 10 -11 2016
Closing Report
This event is for members and staff to enjoy a two day cruise from Silver Bay to Duluth.  Where else could you get a cruise like this for just the cost a membership and and split expenses on food? 
We departed Silver Bay at 8:30 AM and cruised over to the Hesper to dive and remove the mooring buoy for the season. Ran back to the Marina, dropped off the Hesper Buoy, filled with fuel and departed for the Madeira to do the same thing.  At about 3:00 PM we departed the Madeira for Two Harbors.  We arrived at 7:00 PM.  Caught some dinner (Pizza) in town.  Moved back to the S.P. Ely Break wall to catch some sleep.  We woke up about 7:30 AM to dive the S.P. Ely. Then removed the buoy and departed for Duluth by 12:00 Noon.  Arrived at Duluth at 3:00 PM.
The RV Preservation cruise back to Duluth was fun and productive.  We invited members to join us.  Two new members registered for the event and had a great time cruising and diving along the way back.  We had two more projects to complete for 2016, The Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Projects (2).  Then it will be pulled out for winter layup at Spirit Lake Marina the middle of October. 
The weather was treating us nicely, so we were able to take advantage of it and make it a two day cruise.  Saturday we dived the Hesper and Madeira before removing the mooring Buoys.  We stayed over night at the Two Harbors Agate Bay Break wall.  This is where the S.P. Ely is located.  After waking up in the morning, we prepared for a leisure dive on the S.P. Ely.  Nice warm dive!
Then we cruised the rest of the way back to Spirit Lake Marina.  We were going to try diving the Thomas Wilson or Mayflower however, the wind came up the last hour of the cruise and created 2 to 4 foot waves which isn't favorable for diving the Wilson.
We docked the boat at Spirit Lake Marina, had a bite to eat then departed for Silver Bay to fetch our vehicles we left up there to be able to cruise the boat down.  We had left a vehicle at Spirit Lake marina on the way up so that we could transport all of us backup to Silver Bay again.
A great plan makes for a great weekend of fun.  All participants had a great time.  Thank you to Philip Kelly, Jon Stacke, Tim Panke and Phil Kerber for participating in transporting the GLSPS Research Vessel back to Duluth.
Thank you to all the joined us on the cruise.
Phil Kerber
GLSPS President
GLSPS Board of Directors