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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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Website Updated

GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

New 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
(Meet and Greet Party with food and Beverages)
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 or Phil Kerber at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

  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.

HomeShipwreck Mooring Buoy Management

Shipwreck Mooring Buoys

The GLSPS maintains mooring buoys for various shipwrecks along the North Shore of Lake Superior with the help of several local diving organizations, stores, and individuals.
Mooring buoys on shipwrecks serve several purposes:
  • Improve diver access to the shipwrecks by making the wrecks easier to find.
  • Improve the safety of the dives by insuring that divers have a descent and ascent line that won't disappear like an anchor line can if the anchor breaks loose.
  • Eliminate potential anchor damage to the shipwreck which can happen over time as many groups of divers have to grapple the wreck with their anchors.
The GLSPS performs the process of receiving authorization from the US Coast Guard, Minnesota DNR and Port Authority.  We obtain the funding for the buoys partially from membership dues, Grants, DNR and PADI Aware Foundation.  Membership dues pay for most of the mooring attachment hardware, and installing the mooring buoys.  

We then attempt to locate a partner who has a regular presence on the shipwreck sites to do the annual installation and removal of the buoys and to monitor their condition over the season.  Currently we do not have any sponsors for any of the buoys.  We are seeking any group such as Scuba Clubs or Dive Shops to sponsor one or possibly more buoys.  Please let us know if you would like to sponsor our shipwreck mooring buoy program by going to the "Contacts" section of this website.

We have also assisted the Wisconsin Underwater Archeaology Association in placing mooring blocks and buoys on the shipwrecks of the Pretoria and the Sevona located in the Apostle Islands.
Buoy Status
GPS Coordinates
Hesper Installed, June 29 - 30, 2019.
Removed for Winter September 14, 15, 2019
47o16.25' N
91o16.30' W
Just For Fun
Not Planned to be Installed
If you would like the GLSPS to install a Buoy,
Please contact us.
47o15.56' N
91o17.15' W
Installed June 8 - 9, 2019
Removed for Winter September 14- 15, 2019
47o12.360' N
91o21.480' W
Installed June 8 - 9, 2019.
Removed for Winter September 14 - 15, 2019
47o12.360' N
91o21.485' W
S.P. Ely
Installed June 8 - 9, 2019

Removed for Winter September 14 - 15, 2019

47o00.699' N
91o40.684' W

Here is a link to the Photo Page of how the Shipwreck Access Buoys are configured:  Access Buoy Program

If you find any information on this page to be inaccurate, please notify the Access/Buoys Chairperson.