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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

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

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.

HomeS.S. Meteor Project 2018

14th Annual S.S. Meteor Preservation 
Stabilization Project

                                April 28 - 29, 2018

Photo Taken After the Hull Was Painted in July 2014 



"2017 S.S. Meteor Project Photos"

Please Join us in Making this Preservation Project a Huge Success!
Presented By:

The Great lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, Superior Public Museums
Lake Superior Marine Museum Association and Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association

The S.S. Meteor Preservation and Stabilization Project is coming up fast.  The date is April 28 & 29, 2018.
If you are interested in volunteering to help preserve this very valuable Maritime History Museum - Whale Back Ship, please click on this link to learn more.


Here is a link to a video on You Tube of the S.S. Meteor cruising through Duluth / Superior Harbor in the late 1960's

S.S. Meteor Traveling through Duluth / Superior Harbor
Video by Joesph Meierhoff

S.S. Meteor Project 2017 Photos

If you are interested, please Register for the Project.  This is a requirement in order for us to create a head count for food.

Hope to see you at the S.S. Meteor Whale Back Museum Ship
Saturday and or Sunday, April 28 - 29, 2018

Barkers Island Hotel is offering a $50.00 per night room.
Please reserve your room ASAP and before the blocked rooms fill up
The Barkers Island Hotel phone number is, 715-392-7152 
Ask them about the special pricing by mentioning the "Whaleback Cleanup"

Closing Report

The S.S. Meteor Project was another success.  The weather was good and the local refinery that started on fire was contained and the area didn't need to be evacuated.  This would have canceled the project for that weekend.  Luckily things went our way!

One of the largest tasks to complete was on the outside work and painting which started Saturday, since Friday was a cooler and rainier day.  A larger crew started preparation for painting the expansion deck from the Pilot house structure to the bow turret.  This was a very large task to complete and it was completed by the end of Sunday afternoon.  If it wasn't for the persistence of the crew painting it, it would have not been completed.  Thank to all that were on that team!

The second large task to complete was the preparation and painting of the upper engine room.  This task was also quite a project to overcome.  It was two years in the making of a platform to safely complete the task.  The platform was built in 2017 and use in 2018 to paint the upper engine room.  The platform will be removed in 2019 after the final coat of paint is applied.  The platform will be stored in the boat in a storage area until the upper engine room will need painting again.

The third largest project was welding.  The forward turret / chain locker need the roof welded shut.  the upper edge of the roof where it is attached to the turret separated over the years and was allowing a great amount of water in it.  It was completed by our one and only welder Craig David and his son Gunner, which is now worked his way up to be a career welder.  Thank to you guys that welded the turret and the many other areas that needed welding.  Including the port side lower corner of the crew quarters.

Many other small tasks were completed and if you would like to see the list of tasks we put together for the project, please go the the Events Calendar for the date of April 28 - 29, 2018 to find the S.S. Meteor Project.  Here is a link to the document that lists the completed tasks for the project.  SS Meteor Work Weekend 2018 Completed Task List

Thank you very much to all 60 plus volunteers that helped with this preservation project!  We hope the volunteering efforts will remain strong and most if not more will join us in 2019.  The 2019 S.S. Meteor Project is scheduled for April 27 - 28, 2019.  Please mark your calendars to volunteers again for this very worthy cause to help preserve the the S.S. Meteor's maritime history heritage.  Here is a link to a 2019 flyer you can print and display to help promote the project.  GLSPS S S Meteor Project 2019 Flyer

If you have any questions or comments about the S.S. Meteor Preservation Project (s), please contact the Project Chairman Phil Kerber.   My information is above and below.  

Thank you again and hope to see both former and new faces on the next project.

Phil Kerber
GLSPS - President
S.S. Meteor Project Chairman