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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.

HomeHesper Display in Silver Bay Marina

Hesper Shipwreck Artifacts Display Created at Silver Bay Marina

Silver Bay Marina on Lake Superior at Silver Bay, Minnesota
Photo by Steve Daniel
New Hesper Display Case is positioned to hold historic Shipwreck Artifacts
Photo by Steve Daniel

Final Hesper Display Inside the Silver Bay Marina Lobby
Photo by Steve Daniel
Corey & Abby Daniel (GLSPS), Heinz Ledowski (Silver Bay Yacht Club),
Jeremy Ksapidas (Marina Manager), Steve Daniel and Tom Breushaber (GLSPS)
Dedicate the Hesper Display Inside the Silver Bay Marina Lobby
Photo by Steve Daniel

Hesper Shipwreck Artifacts Display Report
May 1, 2011

Several historic artifacts recovered several years ago were made available for a display at Silver Bay Marina.  Don Matejcek, a GLSPS member and an active diver with the Owatonna Dive Club, asked if the GLSPS would build a display at Silver Bay Marina to house some artifacts from the Hesper Shipwreck.  The shipwreck is located by the east side of the breakwater that forms the marina.  The artifacts had been recovered  years earlier and preserved.  They included a porthole, pot belly stove door, a cook stove door, a butter churn top, a large engine wrench and several brass fitting from the engine.

A  Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund  was applied for through the Minnesota Historical Society.  When the grant was awarded to the GLSPS, project director Steve Daniel asked Tom Brueshaber to arrange for the construction of the display case through a local carpentry firm.  Steve arranged with Gary Grindle, a graphics artist, to create an interpretive sign with text provided by the project director.  Tom built a pine frame, that matched the frame wood of the display case, to hold the sign.

Arrangements were made with Marie and Jerry Norick to loan the steel bell that Marie's grandfather had recovered from he sunken ship right after the unfortunate sinking in 1905.  Her grandfather was Capt. Horace T. Thompson, a well known hard hat diver in the twin ports in the early 1900's.  The ship was Dynamited after the bell recovery, to avoid it being a navigation hazard in the 40 foot depth.

After the display case was delivered to the Silver bay Marina at the end of April, Steve's son Corey and his daughter Abby helped transport the artifacts to Silver Bay Marina on Sunday, May 1, 2011.  Jeremy Ksapidas, the marina manager, was on hand with Heintz Ledowski, commodore of the Silver Bay Yacht Club, to help position the display case and load the artifacts.  Tom Brueshaber hung the sign above the display case so that visitors could learn from where the artifacts came.

The GLSPS appreciated the Fast track Grant from the MHS that helped make this display possible.  The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant from the Arts and cultural Heritage Fund was made possible through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008