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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.

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Few Great Lakes vessels are recalled with more genuine affection than the passenger/package freight vessel America. She is the most dived shipwreck at Isle Royale National Park.

America was constructed by the Detroit Dry Dock Company and launched on Saturday, April 2, 1898. Her original length of 164.6 feet was increased 18 feet in 1911.

In March 1902, the Booth Steamship Line purchased the vessel and put America on the Duluth Port Arthur and Isle Royale route.

Wreck EventNorth Gap Map

In the early morning hours of June 7, 1928, America dropped off passengers at the Singer Hotel dock on Isle Royale. Five minutes after clearing the dock the ship thudded over a reef tearing a small hole in its hull below the engine room on the starboard side.

Capt. Smith decided to try and reach a small gravel beach at nearby North Gap of Washington Harbor. America ground to a halt about 30 yards short of the beach. All 15 passengers and 30 crew members made it safely to shore in the life boats.

Preservation Efforts

The GLSPS has led numerous preservation efforts to maintain stability and safety of the wreck. Click here for SS America preservation info.
We have also published a book: S.S. America: A Diver's View of the Past.

SS America Statistics

  • Year Built - 1898
  • Configuration - Steel hull screw steamer with oak superstructure
  • Dimensions - 182.6 ft. (orig. 164.6 ft.) length, 31 ft. beam, 11 ft. depth
  • Engine - Triple expansion with cylinder diameters of 15, 24 and 38 in. and 24 in. stroke, 700 hp at 160 rpm
  • Boilers - Two scotch boilers 10 ft. diameter and 10 ft. 2 in. long, working pressure of 125 psi
  • Top speed - 17 mph
America Pilot House Historical Photo
Picture of pilot house soon after sinking
America Wreck Historical Photo
Picture of America soon after sinking
America People Historical Photo
Sightseers standing on starboard hull
America Site Perspective Drawing
Perspective drawing of the wreck site today