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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

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.

HomeFun Dives on the North Shore 2019

Fun Dives On-Board the RV Preservation Research Vessel

Please Join the GLSPS for A Fun Dive On the 
"RV Preservation" Research Vessel 

July 13 - 14, 2019

August 24 - 25, 2019


2018 Fun Dives with GLSPS Members  (A Happy Crew)!

Air Down There Scuba Participants Discussing Where the Want to Do Their Next Dive

Fun Dives On-Board the RV Preservation Research Vessel - Lots of Room for Equipment

Please join us for an Adventure diving on-board the GLSPS Research and Work Vessel the "RV Preservation"

If you have never been on one of these famous Fun Dives, you are missing out on a great time! 

As a GLSPS Member, you have the benefit of joining the Staff of the GLSPS on the Society's Research Vessel.

Any Dive Shop, Scuba Club or Scuba Facilities can Set Up an Event to Dive on-board the GLSPS Research Vessel.  The only requirement is to become a Member of the GLSPS.
Please click on this link to "Become a Member" .

If interested in joining us on one or more of our multipal dive project events on-board the "RV Preservation", please check out our Projects Schedule. 


Please click here to learn more about the July 13 - 14. 2019 Fun Dive Event

Please click here to learn more about the August 24, 25, 2019 Fun Dive Event

If you are a GLSPS Member, please register ASAP or, if you are not a GLSPS Member, please become one and register for the event. 

We hope to see YOU on one of these events!  New and current members are welcome!

Closing Report - 1st Event:

The 1st "Fun Dives on the RV Preservation Research Vessel"  was almost canceled this year.  We only had three people on this project.  One was the Captain, Phil Kerber, Project Leader, Jack Decker and a Star and Tribune Photographer named Anthony. 

It was sort of a nice dive with only three people but it was sad at the same time.  As many of the GLSPS members that don't own their own boats we are always amazed that no one is joining us on these projects.  Yet, the shore at the Madeira was full of divers that must like to swim out to the shipwreck and back.  I know all shipwreck divers should experience the long swim associated with the Madeira but, if the RV Preservation research vessel is available for all members to enjoy, we find it hard to imagine why more don't join us? 

If you are at all interested in joining us on a Fun Dive or any project or program on-board the RV Preservation, please don't ever hesitate to participate and enjoy the benefit of being part owner of the boat. 

We only when out to dive Saturday and made four dives.  Two on the Madeira and two on the Hesper.  The Star and Tribune Photographer Anthony was able to shoot hundreds of above and below photos of the shipwrecks and the event on-board.  We returned to the Silver Bay Marina about 8:00 PM.  We unloaded and headed for home.  Although Phil K stayed overnight to go back Sunday morning as he had to perform software updates to the two Garmin displays we have on the boat.  He also performed some other minor repairs on the boat that needed attention.

The event was very relaxing and it was so awesome to get the chance to be part of a story the Minneapolis Star and Tribune are writing for us. 

We just hope other GLSPS Members will see the value in joining us on a future Fun Dive on-board the RV Preservation Research Vessel.  If so, NEVER HESITATE to contact one of us listed in the 2019 Project Schedule or event page.

Phil Kerber
GLSPS - President
Captain - RV Preservation Research Vessel

Jack Decker
Program Leader