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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

Date and Venue for 2020 UMSAT Show!!

April 3 - 4, 2020

2020 FEATURED SPEAKER
Emmy Award
Winning Underwater Videographer!
Becky Kagen Schott


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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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



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.

For the last two years the Wenonah has been laid up in dry dock to replace the entire steel bottom of the boat in order to pass the Coast Guard Safety Inspection. 
The Wenonah will hopefully be ready for service in 2020.

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.

HomeMcDougall's Dream Fund Raiser

 

McDougall’s Dream is Saturday

September 21, 2019!

Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event

Click Here for a copy of printed details about the Event

Alexander McDougall


This year marks the 15th Annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.


In the late 1880's he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whale-back.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whale-backs in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whale-back ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.

 

McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 21 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.

 

McDougall’s Dream, Saturday, Sept. 21, is a program with daytime talks featuring local maritime topics. Dinner and a silent auction are in the evening. Proceeds help to restore and preserve the  Meteor, the last remaining whaleback freighter, and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.  The event, 1-8 p.m., also includes music, entertainment and cash bar. At the SS Meteor Whaleback Museum on Barker’s Island, 300 Marina Dr., Superior. Reservations recommended. For reservations and more information, please call 715-394-5712.


Morning Excursion: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. ($12.00)                                                                Only 20 spots available - First Come, First Serve!

Morning excursion group will meet at Glensheen Mansion (3300 London Road, Duluth, Minnesota) by the ticket office. After, we will head to the home of Alexander McDougall.

Diving Bell at Glensheen: We will begin our morning excursion at Glensheen Mansion where   we will explore the recently discovered diving bell. For years, it lurked beneath the water and    debris in the boat house until this past July when it was lifted and put on display for all to see.

Home of Alexander McDougall: Explore one of Alexander McDougall’s notable homes in Duluth. The home was built in 1910, when Captain McDougall was a widower. Light refreshments available.

 

Daytime Talks: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. ($15.00)

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center: 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin

Of Patents and Lawyers: Alexander McDougall and the Ore-Washer Case

As a dedicated developer of new machinery and processes to improve existing systems, a great part of Captain  McDougall’s life revolved around obtaining patents to these new inventions. While not a poor man, making these homemade devices part of an industry required funding and alliances. After World War I, McDougall engaged with the Oliver Mining Company to create a new system to improve the efficiency of removing iron ore from the surrounding rock. The legal fight over the patent at the twilight of his career provides insight into not only his work, but also his final years as an inventor. Professor Matthew Daley from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, shares his research on the Ore-Washer Case. 

SS Christopher Columbus

Such beauty and grace sailed the Great Lakes between 1893 and 1933. Elmer Engman, avid diver for over 50 years, shares his interest of    whalebacks during this presentation. Dive into the fascinating history of the SS Christopher Columbus, the most famous whaleback designed and built by Alexander McDougall. Enjoy learning about her role during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and life as the only whaleback built for passengers.

 

What I Learned at School: Lessons on Old Ships

Join Dara Fillmore, Special Projects Coordinator for Superior Public Museums, as she shares details of her recent trip to attend the inaugural Steam School on the John W. Brown Liberty Ship in Baltimore, Maryland. Our hope here at   Superior Public Museums is to have the SS Meteor's main engine moving again, so visitors can see how things worked on an engine of this magnitude. Dara was able to work oiler watches on a running triple expansion steam engine and work with auxiliary machinery onboard the ship. She also met some engineering experts, and aims to get the SS     Meteor's main engine and additional equipment moving again. Enjoy photos, video, and a bit of Liberty Ship history.

 

History Sails Into the Future

Megan Meyer, new Executive Director for Superior Public Museums, and Dara Fillmore will discuss the various tasks needed to accomplish getting equipment moving again and the funding goals to make these plans a reality. During her first year as the Director, Megan and the staff have encountered some interesting artifacts, including the original transport papers of Alexander McDougall and his family.

 

SS Meteor Tours: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Explore the “nooks and crannies” of your favorite ship.

The nooks and crannies tour may be enjoyed by both daytime and evening program participants.



EVENING PROGRAM

 

Evening Program: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ($45.00)

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center: 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin

Duluth Grill Buffet Dinner & Cash Bar from Liquor & Lounge

Salad, focaccia, grass fed roast sirloin, chicken marsala, deconstructed smashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf with      Minnesota wild rice, savory squash with apples and toasted pecans, assorted cupcakes, and coffee.

Silent auction featuring framed prints, tours, memorabilia, and more!

Thank you to our generous donors.  New items will be listed on our website as they are received



Keynote Presentation


Exploring the Deep:

Archeological Investigations of the Three Lake Superior Shipwrecks with ROVs

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archeologist

Using prototype technology, archaeologists and ROV pilots team up to investigate three deep shipwreck discoveries in the Lake Superior. See footage from the converted car ferry Harriet B. in 650 feet of water off Two Harbors,   Minnesota -- the deepest archaeological survey of a shipwreck on the Great Lakes, the schooner Antelope located in 310 feet of water off Michigan Island, Wisconsin, and dive deep inside the hold of the fish tug Thomas Friant in   305 feet of water off Port Wing, Wisconsin.

Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and          Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of fifty-five submerged sites to the National   Register of Historic Places. She has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Tamara is an active cave, rebreather, and technical diving instructor, and has worked as a photographer,            researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

 

Registration for McDougall’s Dream: Saturday, September 21, 2019


Please indicate how many of each you are purchasing:

            ____$12.00 Morning Excursion (Space limited to 20 participants)

              ____ $15.00 Daytime Program

            ____ $45.00 Evening Program (Includes dinner)

              ____ $50.00 Combination Ticket (Daytime Talks, Evening Program & Dinner- Does NOT include excursion)

      $________Total enclosed

Name(s):____________________________________________________________________________________

Address:  ___________________________________________________________________________________

Phone:  _______________________________   Email:  ______________________________________________

Please make checks payable to:                                   Credit Card #_____________________________________

Superior Public Museums                                             Expiration Date ______/________    CVC______

Mail to:                                                                      Signature________________________________________


Superior Public Museums

906 East Second Street Superior, WI 54880              

You may also call (715)394-5712 if you prefer to pay by phone.





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McDougall’s Dream is Saturday

September 22, 2018!

Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event

Click Here for details about the Event

Alexander McDougall


This year marks the 14th Annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.


In the late 1880's he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whale-back.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whale-backs in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whale-back ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.

 

McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 22 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.

 

McDougall’s Dream, Saturday, Sept. 22, is a program with daytime talks featuring local maritime topics. Dinner and a silent auction are in the evening. Proceeds help to restore and preserve the  Meteor, the last remaining whaleback freighter, and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.  The event, 1-8 p.m., also includes music, entertainment and cash bar. At the SS Meteor Whaleback Museum on Barker’s Island, 300 Marina Dr., Superior. Reservations recommended. For reservations and more information, please call 715-394-5712.

 

The cost for the daytime talks and the evening dinner and keynote speaker is $50.


Morning Excursion: 9:00 - 11:00 am - $10.00


       Riverside and the McDougall-Duluth Company: 

A World War I Shipyard and Community Walking Tour


As World War I dragged on and the German submarine campaign continued to sink hundreds of ships, the United States
government started an emergency program to build ships. Captain Alexander McDougall formed the McDougall Duluth

Ship Building Company and established a residential neighborhood in Duluth for its workers, called Riverside. Today the
Riverside neighborhood continues to be a unique and vital community along the shores of the St. Louis River in West

Duluth. This tour starts at the water’s edge inside the shipyard and its remaining structures, and then heads into the neigh-
borhood. The housing and streets are among the most significant and well-preserved company towns in the Midwest.

This is a special opportunity for a guided tour through one of the most enduring sites of McDougall’s work in Duluth.

 

1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Daytime Talks-$15.00 


At the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center 


Book Signing


Roger Pellett, author  of Whaleback Ships and the Am er ican
Steel Barge Company, will be signing his books from 1-3 p.m.

Learn about the company behind the designer of the whalebacks.


A Lifetime of Diving


Join us as Elmer Engman, diver and owner of Viking Diver, shares some
of his favorite experiences as a shipwreck diver over the past 50 years. He

will detail a few of his favorite shipwrecks, and talk about some of the

greatest adventures he’s been a part of during his career. He has dived all over the world and published the first
shipwreck guide on Lake Superior. Learn what has kept Elmer diving over the years!


Harbor Health


How do scientists know that a river is healthy? The St. Louis River and the Port of Duluth-Superior, has a long legacy of
abuse. Contamination and habitat loss have changed the river forever. But current efforts are cleaning up what history

has left behind. Learn from Hannah Ramage, monitoring coordinator at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research
Institute, as she discusses the efforts to restore this river and the tools that scientists use to track and plan for its fut ure. 


A Harbor Cruise Through History


Many of the historic photos you see of whalebacks were taken in the Twin Ports. Ever wondered what the industries be-
hind the boats were all about? Tim Pranke, avid shipwreck diver and GLSPS boat captain, will be talking about the his-

tory of the harbor, and the purpose behind some of those impressive buildings in the background.


Left on the Drawing Board: The Unbuilt Plans of Alexander McDougall 


Though a builder of whalebacks and other types of ships, the American Steel Barge Company and Alexander
McDougall created a host of other designs that never reached a completed form. These included plans for

freighters and passenger ships for service both on fresh and salt water. Though his military designs were fanci-
ful, the civilian designs represented the ambitions of McDougall for both his own ideas and his long-term am-

bitions for his company during the 1890s. Hear Matthew Daley, of Grand Valley State University, as he shares
the history behind some of the unbuilt ships.


 

5:00-6:00 p.m. SS Meteor Tours - Explore the “nooks and crannies” of your favorite ship.


The nooks and crannies tour may be enjoyed by both daytime and evening program participants. 


EVENING PROGRAM:

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Program - $45.00 


At the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, WI


 

Hearty buffet dinner catered by the Duluth Grill - Cash bar


Salad, focaccia, bison pot roast, mini-pasties, seasoned baby red potatoes, 
                                               maple glazed carrots, homemade cupcakes & coffee


Keynote presentation:  By Dr. Matthew Daley
(His third Encore Presentation)!

Military Ships of the Great Lakes.


There are many military ships used and built here in the Twin Ports for the WWII war Effort.
Once again, Matthew will give a exuberant presentation about how these military ships are associated with the twin ports area and around the Great Lakes.

 

Thank you to our generous donors.  New items will be listed on our website as they are received




For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.

  • Superior Public Museums, Inc.

Operating three historical sites in the city of Superior, Wisconsin.

• Fairlawn Mansion, an authentically restored 1890 Victorian House Museum.

• SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, the world's last remaining above-water Whaleback ship.

• Old Firehouse and Police Museum, the last of Superior's 19th Century Fire Halls.

  • Contact Us

Superior Public Museums
906 East 2nd Street
Superior, WI 54880

Call: 715-394-5712
Email: info@superiorpublicmuseums.org

SPM Business Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round













McDougall’s Dream is Saturday

September 24, 2016!

Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event

Alexander McDougall

This year marks the 12th annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.

In the late 1880s he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whaleback.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whalebacks in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whaleback ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.

McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 24 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.

Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. and go to 4:30 pm with topics such as, "What Happened to the Whale Back Barges"? - Elmer EngmanMcDougall's Islay - David Coleman; "The Brownstone Industry at the Head of the Lakes" - Brian Klawater; "A Tremendous Opportunity" Alexander McDougall and the Collingwood Ship Building Company" - Mathew Daley

The evening events begin at 6 p.m. and go to 9:00 pm.  Starting with a cash bar, dinner catered by Duluth Grill, and silent auction.  Keynote speaker Niel Zoss  "Historian" - The Wreck and Rescue of the Henry Cort

Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the S.S. Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.

The cost is $15 for the daytime talks, $40 for the evening dinner and keynote speaker, or $50 for a combination ticket for daytime and evening events.

For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.

  • Superior Public Museums, Inc.

Operating three historical sites in the city of Superior, Wisconsin.

Fairlawn Mansion, an authentically restored 1890 Victorian House Museum.

SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, the world's last remaining above-water Whaleback ship.

Old Firehouse and Police Museum, the last of Superior's 19th Century Fire Halls.

  • Contact Us

Superior Public Museums
906 East 2nd Street
Superior, WI 54880

Call: 715-394-5712
Email: info@superiorpublicmuseums.org

SPM Business Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round