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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!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at or contact Ken Merryman at or Phil Kerber at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitors Contract W/ Registration Form 

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitor Sponsors Registration Form

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. 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. 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.

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.

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2010 Projects

Our 2010 Summer Project Schedule includes activities for both diving and non-diving members to participate in. We encourage non-diving members to assist with surface support and project documentation, whether keeping written notes or photographing the project work.
  • Opening the season is a joint project between Superior Public Museums, LSMMA, and the GLSPS.  It involves a weekend of restoring the SS Meteor Whaleback on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.
  • After Memorial Day, we begin preparing our project boat, the R/V Preservation, for summer projects on Lake Superior.  
  • Our Underwater Tools & Techniques class is held in June to provide training for use on underwater preservation work. 
  • July through September is when our underwater projects occur. As most of these projects occur in or near Lake Superior, a common launch point is the R/V Preservation, moored at Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth, MN.
  • Group size is limited on most projects so call the Project Leader to discuss opportunities.  They can provide a detailed description of the project and what your time commitment will be, as well as any requirements for participation.
  • If there is underwater work, you will need to bring cold-water diving gear.
  • These are work projects, so project supplies and fuel are provided by the GLSPS, but food expenses will be shared by the participating members.





Project Leader & Captain(s)

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January 23 –24

Ice Diving Documentation Project / Class - Hercules Documentation

Pete McConnell - Leader
Phil Kerber - Equipment


January / Every Saturday until done

Essex Mast Restoration Project



Steve Daniel - Leader
Bob Olson – Co Leader


April 13

First Aid, CPR, O2 & AED Training



Phil Kerber – Leader
Scott Wymess - Instructor


April 24 - 25

S.S. Meteor Project



Phil Kerber - Leader


May 19

First Aid, CPR, O2 & AED Training (Second Class)



Phil Kerber ~ Leader
Scott Wymess - Instructor


June 5 - 6

R/V Preservation Launch & Shakedown


Ken Knutson - Leader
Phil Kerber - Captain


June 12 - 13

UWPTT Construction Class
Cliff Schmidt / Instructor


Phil Kerber - Leader
Bob Nelson – Captain


July 24 - 25

Mayflower Documentation



Bob Olson- Leader
TBD - Captain


August 14 - 15

Charlie Anchor video retake, Just For Fun Monitoring/ Madeira Pilot House,
Monitoring Project.



Phil Kerber - Leader
Bob Olson - Captain


August 21 – 22

Grand Marais Harbor Documentation Project


Steve Daniel – Leader
Steve Daniel - Captain


August 28 –29

S.P.Ely Stabilization Project


Bob Nelson - Leader
Phil Kerber - Captain


September 10 - 13

S.S.America Project


Ken Merryman - Leader
Phil Kerber


September 17 - 20

Mayflower Documentation / Site Map Project



Bob Olson - Leader
Tamra Tompson–Co Leader  Bob N - Captain


September 25 - 26

Wilson Zebra Mussel Project


Todd Olson - Leader
Phil Kerber - Captain


Divers must have Advanced Open Water Diver certification or comparable experience.
In addition some projects will require training in underwater tools and techniques, which
you can obtain by attending the "Underwater Tools and Techniques Class" offered in June every year.

Please, If you sign up for a project and find you are unable to attend for whatever reason,
we would appreciate it if you would notify the project leader
as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.