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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.

News Stories

Mayflower Nomination to the National Register of Historical Places

Ken Merryman  | Published on 3/27/2012

On a very windy Tuesday night, March 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Minnesota Historical Center in St Paul MN, a meeting took place with the SHPO Review Board for the Mayflower.  This very valuable piece of maritime history finally receives the much deserved recognition by presenting a Nomination to the National Register of Historical Places.  


After the many hours and Four years of documenting the Mayflower, the work is finally completed.  It was well worth the many hours we all spent on documenting the shipwreck.   Most of the documentation was done by our mentors and Wisconsin's Historical Society's Archeologists Keith Meverden and Tamera Tompsen in collaboration with the GLSPS and both its diving and non diving members.  Funding for this project was granted by the Lake Superior Coastal Grant Program.    After the field work was completed by the GLSPS and both field Archeologists Keith and Tamara, our Minnesota Archeologist David Mather completed the Nomination to present it to the SHPO Review Board.  


The SHPO Review Board unanimously approved the Mayflower nomination to the National Register of Historical Places.  The documentation has been shipped to Washington DC and we are now waiting to receive the final documentation indicating that the Mayflower will be placed on the National Register.


 Thank you to all the members (and non members) Archeologists and GLSPS staff for all the hard work and many hours spent on the Documentation Project.


This will be the fourth nomination to the National Register of Historical Places the GLSPS has done.


We hope to continue the nominations as we find new shipwrecks and have funding available.


Thank you again,


GLSPS Board of Directors

Ken Merryman