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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!!

UMSAT Show Website

Date and Venue for 2020 UMSAT Show!!

April 3 - 4, 2020


Fred Stonehouse

Maritime Historian and Superb Story Teller

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

For more information on the 2019 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2020 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", at

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

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.

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GLSPS 2017 Programs and Projects Schedule

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Project Leaders have mostly completed the planning their projects. You can now start "Registering" for the project (s) of your choice

GLSPS Programs and Projects include activities for both diving and non-diving members. 

You need to be a member to participate in any projects aboard the R/V Preservation.

Please check with the project leader if you have any questions; most projects will have something to do for anyone!

See the Project Sponsors listed below the left menu of this website for free air fills and equipment rental discounts while participating in GLSPS projects!

Please Note: projects are subject to change, postponement or cancellation at any time due to weather, underwater visibility, R/V Preservation location or availability, volunteer participation, or project personnel scheduling issues. Registered project participants will be contacted by email if any changes occur.

Date Project Contacts Phone
February 18 - 19
Level 3 & ID
Level 1 - Topside Crew  only!
Ice Dive - Fun Dive and Class
Sponsored by BSA Venture Crew 820!  Canceled because of Unsafe Ice Conditions!
Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Phil Kerber - Equipment
March 6 - Oct 31
Level 1
Ken Merryman - Leader
Joe Musial
Tom Brueshaber
March 10 – 11
Level 1

Crown Plaza Hotel Milwaukee WI
 Phil Kerber
Other Board Members
March 24 - 25
Level 1

Ken Merryman
Bob Nelson
 April 8,
Level 1
  S.S. Meteor Scouting Trip  Phil Kerber - Project Leader
April 29 – 30
Level 1

Phil Kerber - Leader
Sara Blanck, SPM - Co-Leader
May 6 – 7
Level 1
R/V Preservation Work Weekend #1
Canceled - Moved to next weekend

Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 13 - 14
Level 1
R/V Preservation Work Weekend #2
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
May 20 - 21
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader 612-720-2825
May 27
Level 2
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS) Dean Soderbeck - Leader  651-216-8596
May 27 – 29
(Memorial Weekend)
Level 1
Ken Knutson - Leader 612-578-1551
June 3
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
Phil Kerber - Trainer
June 4
Level 1
Phil Kerber - Leader
Ken Knutson - Boat Operator
June 17 - 18
Level 1 & 2
Tim Pranke - Leader
  Tim Pranke - Boat Operator

 June 18
Level 1
North Shore Cruise/Niagara & Ely Dive - 6/18/2017 Tim Pranke - Boat Operator- leader
Pending Grant
Starts After July 1
Level 1
Harriet "B" ROV Survey for NRHP Tom Crossman - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
July 8 - 9
Level 3
Phil Kerber - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
July 22 - 23
Level 3
Corey Daniel - Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
August 3 - 6
(August 7 = Weather contingency)
Level 5, 6 & TT
Jack Decker - Proj Leader
Tim Pranke - Co-Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
Bob Olson - Dive Supervisor
August 12 - 13
Level 1

Benjamin Noble Photo Mosaic Project
 Project Leader - Jerry Eliason
Boat Operator - Tim Pranke

August 19 - 20
Level 2 & TUD
S.P. Ely Documentation & Youth Group Intro to Shipwreck Diving
Dean Soderbeck -
Project Leader
Tim Pranke - Boat Operator
Jeff Le Moine - Crew

August 26 - 27
Level 2 & 3
Jack Decker - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
Tim Pranke - Crew

Sept 09 - 10
Level 3
Phil Kerber - Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
September 16 – 17
Level 3 & 4
Tim Pranke - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
September 23
Level 1

Superior, Wisconsin Sara Blanck - Project Leader 715-394-5712
September 30 - October 1
Level 3 & 4
Tim Pranke - Project Leader
Phil Kerber - Boat Operator
October 8
Level 2
(Collaboration with BSA Venture Crew 820 & the GLSPS) Dean Soderbeck - Leader
Jeff LeMoine - Co-Leader

Please Note

  • Group size is limited on most projects so feel free to call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project, what your time commitment will be as well as any requirements for participation. A detailed description and registration for each project is available by clicking on the name of the project in the above schedule or via the Events Calendar.
  • Registration is required for each project to secure your spot!
  • All divers will need to provide all their own cold-water diving gear including scuba tank and pony bottle.
  • The Tools and Techniques Class completion is required whenever stabilization work is necessary.
  • Since these are work projects, supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS.  Food expenses will be shared by the participating members.
  • Each project has a Project Level associated with it.  Please check the index below to see if you qualify.
  • It is required to have your own health insurance to participate in projects.
  • DAN diving insurance (or equivalent) is highly recommended and may be required to participate in certain projects.
  • Liability Releases are required for each participant.  Print, read, complete and sign the GLSPS Master Liability Waivers - Medical Forms  at home before you leave and before the project starts, so you will have ample time to read and understand all forms, agree to the terms and conditions and sign. 
  • PLEASE Note:  If any questions on the Medical form are answered "YES" this will require the second form to be completed and signed by your doctor, so please plan ahead. The boat cannot leave the dock or be able to dive until all forms are signed by participant and reviewed by a GLSPS representative!

Project Levels

  • Level 1 – Non Diving Project or Program
  • Level 2 – Basic Scuba Certification - 20 Logged Dives Minimum
  • Level 3 – Advanced Open Water Certification – 30 Logged Dives Minimum
  • Level 4 – Advanced Technical Diver / Occasional and Light Deco Procedures - 60 Logged Dives Minimum
  • Level 5 – Advanced Trimix / Open Circuit and Rebreather Deep Diving / (Invitation Only)
  • Level 6 - Special Project - Restricted to Invitation Only
  • TUD - Tune Up Dives
  • TT - Tools and Techniques Training Required
  • OE - Overhead Environment
  • ID - Ice Diving Certification to dive but not limited to Surface Crewing

Yearly Summary

  • In April every year, we plan a joint above water project between Superior Public Museums, LSMMA, and the GLSPS.  It involves a weekend of preserving and stabilizing the S.S. Meteor Whaleback on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.  This is an above water project for all non-divers and divers to enjoy.  (Although encouraged, you do not need to be a member to join us)!
  • Three to five weeks before Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.
  • The first weekend of June is when all the fun begins.  We launch the R/V Preservation and provide a cruise on the boat and a BBQ for members of the GLSPS. After that weekend, the GLSPS encourages registering and participating in our various projects. All programs and projects are educational, entertaining, fun and ultimately rewarding.
  • We offer an Underwater Tools and Techniques Procedures class whenever there is enough demand. Please let a Board Member know if you are interested in taking this class. The GLSPS will only run the class if we have six or more students.
  • June through the middle of October is when our underwater projects occur. As most of these projects occur in or near Lake Superior, a common launch point is the R/V Preservation, docked at Silver Bay Marina in Silver Bay, MN. (North of Two Harbors) or Spirit Lake Marina where the boat ends up at the end of the season for the last few projects and winter layup.

Members, this is your opportunity to get involved and participate! The GLSPS research vessel, the R/V Preservation, will be available for use on many of our projects.  Divers must have a certification from basic scuba diving to Advanced Open Water Diver or comparable experience, depending on project level. (See levels above).  Stabilization Projects will require proprietary training and skills with preservation techniques and underwater tool handling.  The GLSPS will offer this as demand allows.  If you are interested in any of the above projects, please contact the project leader or any of the Board Members.  Sign up early as projects can fill up very quickly if a group decides to join.  Please remember, any of the above programs and projects can be changed, postponed or canceled at any time because of weather, underwater visibility, scheduling, or lack of personnel or volunteers.

We hope GLSPS Members will be able to join us as a volunteer on these projects.  We are certain you will find the projects educational, informative, are very organized and most of all, have a lot fun.  So please join us as a member and on a Program or Project.  You could make a difference in helping preserve maritime history!

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society - Board of Directors