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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

The GLSPS Had Another Successful S.S. Meteor Project.

Phil Kerber  | Published on 4/30/2013

The GLSPS sponsored their Annual 2013 S.S. Meteor Preservation Project and it was very successful.

Once again we completed another preservation and stabilization project.  We completed thirty two tasks this year.

At first we thought the weather was going to be a factor in what we could accomplish during the weekend project.  As the weekend became closer, the weather had a sudden turn as if someone was listening to our concerns that we may possibly postpone or cancel the project this year.  Two weeks prior on a scouting trip to the Meteor, we witnessed a huge 5 foot tall drift in front on the ships main entrance.  As amazing as it might sound, the weather cooperated with us and it turned out to be one of the warmest project weekends in the nine years the GLSPS has been in charge of this project.  This year was the only year I ever remembered that there was still ice in the harbor and being the warmest project weekend at the same time.

Because the weather was cooperating and it was warm enough for paint to dry fairly fast, we focused mostly on the outside tasks.  Much painting needed to be performed and other tasks such as tightening the three ships mast support cables.  The broken band around the smoke stack was repaired.  Doors leading to the outside that had worn hinges were repositioned so that they could be sealed again. 

The forward deck rails were bent in many areas.  The team of Joe and Mike Musial straightened all of the railings again to make it look wonderful.  A coat of primer and white paint was also applied by Gunner David and Renee Flacksbarth.

Many areas of the ship were allowing water to seep into the ship.  We searched out three major areas that were leaking.  Re-sealed them, painted primer then later a final coat of painted was applied to the areas such as the bow bits and the forward turret.

If you would like to read and learn more about this dynamic preservation project, please click on the "2013 Project Reports" and click on S.S. Meteor Project.  You can also view many photos taken of this year's project and past projects by clicking on the "Photo Page List".  As we mentioned before, this project is the largest project the GLSPS ever been involved in.  The GLSPS has been in charge of this annual project for the last nine year's.  It is always the last weekend in April.  Please mark your calendars early. 

The nine year's of this project has showed a substantial difference in the cosmetics of the ship both outside and inside.  Large gaping rust holes around the rear turret were cut out and new metal welded in place by Craig and Kari David.  (Kari doing most of the grinding).  The Meteor has had a new lease on life and looks many years younger.  Please help us continue keeping her looking young.

If you would like to participate in this project, please don't hesitate to do so.  You do not have to be a diver or a member of any organization.  You just need to be a friend of the S.S. Meteor Museum Ship.  Please bring your skills and talents.

Thank you to all 55 to 75 plus people that join us every year.  We really appreciate your talents and Support.

A special thanks to Sara Blanck, Director of the Superior Public Museums for all the help and support she gives us to make this project such a success.  We would also like to thank Grandma's Sport Garden for supplying lunch to all the volunteers.

I hope to see you on the next project.

Phil Kerber
GLSPS President
S.S. Meteor Preservation Project Chairman