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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

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.

HomeRV Preservation Launch & Captains Training 2019

2019 R/V Preservation Launch & Captains Training 


Closing Report:

The launch and Captains training and review session was delayed this year because of the delay in completing the painting tasks scheduled for the vessel.  The weather was very wet this year and delayed the painting process.

We were able to complete all scheduled mechanical tasks such as the annual maintenance on the engines and transmissions.  We were also able to complete other items inside the cabin area when it was raining.

The Captain Training and Review are dependent on when we launch the boat.  This year we were able to launch the boat Sunday June 2, at 11:30 AM.  We still had paint to apply and dry but had to proceed with the launch to be able to complete the training session.   

All Captains, Operators and Crew that are required to participate were at the training session to go through both the operation of the vessel and go through the GLSPS safety protocols established by the Safety Committee.  

All the participants, Tim Pranke, Corey Daniel, Jim Christenson, Ken Knutson, and Phil Kerber (Trainer) were present and completed the requirements of operating the vessel.

We then cruised to the Lake Head Marina to take on fuel for the vessel and take a short tour of the harbor while grilling a few hot dogs.

Another successful event of training was completed and fun was had by all!

If you would like to participate as a crew member or go through the process of becoming an operator of the RV Preservation, please contact Phil Kerber / President and fellow Captain of the GLSPS.  His contact information is below.

Have fun and be safe

Phil Kerber
GLSPS President
Safety and Training Officer

Ken Knutson
GLSPS Boat Chairman
GLSPS Board Member