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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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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.P. Ely Documentation & Youth Group Intro Project 2018

S.P. Ely Documentation - Youth Group Intro to
Shipwreck Diving Program 2018

This annual Ely documentation Project is where the GLSPS also invites youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA Venture Crew 820) to experience shipwreck diving.

BSA Youth Group Dive Briefing Before the Dive on the S.P. Ely

Splash Down for the BSA Youth Group Dive Team

One of the Main Attractions for the Youth on the S.P. Ely is the Winch

For more Details please go to the Events Calendar and find the above date and click on it to bring you to the Event Page of the Project.

This annual Ely documentation Project is where the GLSPS also invites youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA Venture Crew 820) to experience shipwreck diving.

A slight fee up to a maximum of  $25.00 per person ($12.50 per/day) will cover the split expenses for food we provide aboard the RV Preservation. Cost is dependent on number of meals eaten supplied buy GLSPS.

We will bring the RV Preservation From Silver Bay to Two Harbors early Saturday morning.  Two GLSPS members/divers to assist with bringing the boat down Saturday and back Sunday afternoon. Up to six divers are welcome to stay and or sleep on the Preservation Friday and Saturday evenings.  As always schedule is dependent on lake conditions to bring the boat down.

We will be meeting divers and support at the Two Harbors boat launch at 10:00 AM Saturday morning.  Load equipment and cruise over to the break wall approximately one mile away in Agate Bay.  The boat will be tied off next to the S.P. Ely shipwreck. 

We will be diving most of the day and break for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 PM,  returning  to diving when all divers have been feed and all tanks filled or exchanged.

The second dive will commence one hour after we have lunch. The youth group will be able to explore the shipwreck (under the supervision of their own DM's and supervisors.

We will be done diving about 4:00 PM and departing from the break wall about 5:00 PM to transport the youth group back to the Two Harbors boat launch / dock to unload dive and other equipment.

Sunday is scheduled for GLSPS only. Members are welcome to dive Sunday only if they prefer, with only a small charge for food. ($12.50). We will pick you up at the Two Harbors boat launch dock about 9 am.

During the Project, the main GLSPS Members will be documenting the condition of the S.P. Ely and practice their still photo and Video process to help in documenting the shipwreck for deterioration.  

After the photos and videos are edited and reviewed, a GLSPS President appointed stabilization committee will decide on if and when we will be performing any stabilization on the shipwreck.

If you would like to enjoy an easy shipwreck scuba dive and help the GLSPS document the S.P. Ely and help show a youth diver a really cool shipwreck to cultivate a young persons interest and possibly create an interest in preserving maritime history, please register yourself or, contact us to register your youth group of certified divers to join us in a learning experience like no other!!

If you are participating in this project, please print, read, sign and turn the form into the GLSPS Representative aboard the RV Preservation.  Please do this in advance, preferably at home in order for you to properly read through the entirety of the forms, and to help speed up the process.  The boat can't leave the dock until all forms are signed, turned in and reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in joining the GLSPS for another great Project.

Please Note:  The GLSPS has the right to postpone or cancel this project at anytime for any reason.

Hope to see you on the this project or a future project.

Dean Soderbeck
GLSPS Board Of Director 2nd Vice President
Project Leader

Closing Report

July 21- 22, 2018



                                    S.P. Ely Shipwreck Dive Two Harbors, Minnesota                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Saturday August 11, wreck dive Samuel P. Ely aboard GLSPS research vessel in Two Harbors.


S.P. Ely 2018 Documentation - Youth Group Intro Project with GLSPS


On 11 August, eight BSA Venture Crew 820 divers participated in the crew’s sixth dive on the Samuel P. Ely in Two Harbors as part of the Venture Crew’s partnership with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (GLSPS). The goal of this joint adventure is to set up a legacy for future generations to preserve Lake Superior’s shipwrecks; diving on shipwrecks allows the scouts to touch a ship more than a century old and connect with history. It makes history real.      


The GLSPS’s RV Preservation was full with the eight scouts, three GLSPS crew members, and two non-divers with all the equipment and 16 air tanks. Luckily, it was a short trip to the dive site just across the bay. The divers enjoyed multiple dives on the wreck in beautiful weather. The sounds and vibrations in the water from the engines of the large ore ships transiting the bay added to the unique atmosphere.


The iron ore docks had two ships loading this morning, 1004 foot self unloading iron ore ship James R. Barker out of Wilmington Delaware and the Spruceglen from Montreal.


On 19 October 1896, the Samuel P. Ely, a 200-foot long three-masted wood schooner with a 31-foot beam, sank. The wreck is in 30 feet of water with the stern of the ship now covered with boulders and the breakwater wall leading into Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Minnesota.



A great day of diving with a group of amazing divers. Captain Tim Pranke had us back on the boat ramp by 4:00 PM along with deck hands Jeff LeMoine and Jimmy Christenson.       THANK YOU for having us on board.

Sunday August 12, wreck dive the Madeira – shore dive at Golden Rock Point.


On 12 August, the BSA Venture Scouts headed up to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to shore dive the Madeira, a 436-foot steel schooner-barge. The Advanced Open Water Scout divers found 43 degree water temperature on the pilot house at 88 feet a bit chilly, but it did not dampen their enthusiasm. The rest of the scouts explored around the bow and the stern in 51 feet of water with water temperatures of 50 degrees.


To answer any questions on these outings or our upcoming outings with the Venture Crew 820  please call Crew Advisor Dean Soderbeck.  Information is below.

Dean Soderbeck
GLSPS Program leader
BSA Advisor