McDougall’s Dream is Saturday
September 21, 2019!
Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event
Click Here for a printable copy of the details about the Event
This year marks the 15th Annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.
In the late 1880's he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whale-back.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whale-backs in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whale-back ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.
McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 21 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.
McDougall’s Dream, Saturday, Sept. 21, is a program with daytime talks featuring local maritime topics. Dinner and a silent auction are in the evening. Proceeds help to restore and preserve the Meteor, the last remaining whaleback freighter, and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall. The event, 1-8 p.m., also includes music, entertainment and cash bar. At the SS Meteor Whaleback Museum on Barker’s Island, 300 Marina Dr., Superior. Reservations recommended. For reservations and more information, please call 715-394-5712.
Morning Excursion: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. ($12.00) Only 20 spots available - First Come, First Serve!
Morning excursion group will meet at Glensheen Mansion (3300 London Road, Duluth, Minnesota) by the ticket office. After, we will head to the home of Alexander McDougall.
Diving Bell at Glensheen: We will begin our morning excursion at Glensheen Mansion where we will explore the recently discovered diving bell. For years, it lurked beneath the water and debris in the boat house until this past July when it was lifted and put on display for all to see.
Home of Alexander McDougall: Explore one of Alexander McDougall’s notable homes in Duluth. The home was built in 1910, when Captain McDougall was a widower. Light refreshments available.
Daytime Talks: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. ($15.00)
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center: 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin
Of Patents and Lawyers: Alexander McDougall and the Ore-Washer Case
As a dedicated developer of new machinery and processes to improve existing systems, a great part of Captain McDougall’s life revolved around obtaining patents to these new inventions. While not a poor man, making these homemade devices part of an industry required funding and alliances. After World War I, McDougall engaged with the Oliver Mining Company to create a new system to improve the efficiency of removing iron ore from the surrounding rock. The legal fight over the patent at the twilight of his career provides insight into not only his work, but also his final years as an inventor. Professor Matthew Daley from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, shares his research on the Ore-Washer Case.
SS Christopher Columbus
Such beauty and grace sailed the Great Lakes between 1893 and 1933. Elmer Engman, avid diver for over 50 years, shares his interest of whalebacks during this presentation. Dive into the fascinating history of the SS Christopher Columbus, the most famous whaleback designed and built by Alexander McDougall. Enjoy learning about her role during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and life as the only whaleback built for passengers.
What I Learned at School: Lessons on Old Ships
Join Dara Fillmore, Special Projects Coordinator for Superior Public Museums, as she shares details of her recent trip to attend the inaugural Steam School on the John W. Brown Liberty Ship in Baltimore, Maryland. Our hope here at Superior Public Museums is to have the SS Meteor's main engine moving again, so visitors can see how things worked on an engine of this magnitude. Dara was able to work oiler watches on a running triple expansion steam engine and work with auxiliary machinery onboard the ship. She also met some engineering experts, and aims to get the SS Meteor's main engine and additional equipment moving again. Enjoy photos, video, and a bit of Liberty Ship history.
History Sails Into the Future
Megan Meyer, new Executive Director for Superior Public Museums, and Dara Fillmore will discuss the various tasks needed to accomplish getting equipment moving again and the funding goals to make these plans a reality. During her first year as the Director, Megan and the staff have encountered some interesting artifacts, including the original transport papers of Alexander McDougall and his family.
SS Meteor Tours: 5:00-6:00 p.m. Explore the “nooks and crannies” of your favorite ship.
The nooks and crannies tour may be enjoyed by both daytime and evening program participants.
Evening Program: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ($45.00)
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center: 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin
Duluth Grill Buffet Dinner & Cash Bar from Liquor & Lounge
Salad, focaccia, grass fed roast sirloin, chicken marsala, deconstructed smashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf with Minnesota wild rice, savory squash with apples and toasted pecans, assorted cupcakes, and coffee.
Silent auction featuring framed prints, tours, memorabilia, and more!
Thank you to our generous donors. New items will be listed on our website as they are received
Exploring the Deep:
Archeological Investigations of the Three Lake Superior Shipwrecks with ROVs
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archeologist
Using prototype technology, archaeologists and ROV pilots team up to investigate three deep shipwreck discoveries in the Lake Superior. See footage from the converted car ferry Harriet B. in 650 feet of water off Two Harbors, Minnesota -- the deepest archaeological survey of a shipwreck on the Great Lakes, the schooner Antelope located in 310 feet of water off Michigan Island, Wisconsin, and dive deep inside the hold of the fish tug Thomas Friant in 305 feet of water off Port Wing, Wisconsin.
Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of fifty-five submerged sites to the National Register of Historic Places. She has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Tamara is an active cave, rebreather, and technical diving instructor, and has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Registration for McDougall’s Dream: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Please indicate how many of each you are purchasing:
____ $12.00 Morning Excursion (Space limited to 20 participants)
____ $15.00 Daytime Program
____ $45.00 Evening Program (Includes dinner)
____ $50.00 Combination Ticket (Daytime Talks, Evening Program & Dinner- Does NOT include excursion)
Phone: _______________________________ Email: ______________________________________________
Please make checks payable to: Credit Card #_____________________________________
Superior Public Museums Expiration Date ______/________ CVC______
Mail to: Signature________________________________________
Superior Public Museums
906 East Second Street Superior, WI 54880
You may also call (715)394-5712 if you prefer to pay by phone.
2019 Thomas Wilson
Monitoring And Clean-up Project
September 28 - 29 and October 5 - 6, 2019
Two More Weekends to Have a Chance to Join Us!
Please join us for these EXCITING Projects!!
Tools Used to Monitor the Thomas Wilson
Photo by Jack Decker
Bow of the Thomas Wilson
Photo by Ken Merryman
Photo by Ken Merryman
Crack in the Hull from the Collision
Photo by Ken Merryman
This Project is Contingent on the Weather and Visibility!
However, if the visibility is less then 8 feet, our contingency plan is that we will attempt to dive the Mayflower
To learn more about the project and how to participate, please click on the links below.
Two Chances to Join us!
If you haven't dived the Whale-back Thomas Wilson, here is your chance!
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The Annual 2019 UMSAT Show
To learn more, please visit the UMSAT Show website by clicking on the link below
UMSAT Show Website
Is your business related to Scuba Diving or Adventure Travel?
You can be a Platinum, Gold or Silver Sponsor for the Show!
If you are a business associated with Scuba Diving Maritime History, Adventure Sports or Travel, and would like to participate as an Exhibitor in our EXPO, please click on the button below for the Contract and Registration form.
UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitors Contract
If you would like to help promote the UMSAT Show, please contact us for additional information on how you can help.
If you have any need for training, dive gear, repair services, tropical dive trips or charters to the great lakes, please use any of the sponsors listed below. You can click on any of the logos to find them on their websites. The logos are also on the front page of the UMSAT Show and GLSPS Websites.
If you kept your program books from the previous show, it has very valuable information in it that you can use throughout the year, including Dive Shops, Charter Services, repair services, and dive equipment. Please patronize the local businesses that advertise in the program book and listed as sponsors on the site. They may likely have a discount if you tell them you found their ad in the UMSAT Show Program Book!
If you would like to Advertise in the UMSAT Show Program Book, please contact us.
We Need VOLUNTEERS!
If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help at the show, please click on "Contact Us" and send Bob Nelson an email.
1/2 price on the lunch is given to all volunteers!
This year we presented Two Awards during the two hour lunch break. The featured speaker Brett Seymour gave us an awesome presentation after the award Ceremony. We are hoping to present the Second Award Recipient Dr. Richard Boyd to him however, he was ill and couldn't travel. We will be presenting is award at a later date.
Divers, historians, show speakers and shipwreck enthusiasts will join us for the sit down lunch to socialize, have a "Buffet Lunch" and honor our 2019 Award Winners.
Below are the Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors for the 2019
Please let us Know if you are Interested in Becoming a Sponsor!
Please give them the recognition by patronizing their businesses and visiting or calling them at their stores.
Please Click on the Logos Below to Gain Access to their Websites
Platinum - Sponsors for the 2019 UMSAT Show
Gold - Sponsors for the 2019 UMSAT Show
Silver - None this year
Past UMSAT shows have proven to be amazing
and entertaining, you DO NOT want to miss this year's show!
The 2019 UMSAT Show began
Friday, April 12, 2019
for the Friday Night at the Movies
Starting at 7:00 PM and went until 10:00 PM.
Saturday April 13, 2019 Was the Main Show
and started at 9:00 AM and ended 6:00 PM.
Thank you again for joining us for the UMSAT Show at the
Jimmy's Event, MN!!
UMSAT Show Committee
Show Cell - 612-567-3305
GLSPS Board of Directors
The UMSAT Show 2019 was another GREAT Show!
Our Sincere Thanks to those that attended!
The 2020 UMSAT Show will be April 2 - 3, 2020
Location will be the same as 2019 at the Jimmy's Event Center in Vadnais Heights MN
You cab see more by viewing the Left side bar of this website or go to the UMSAT Show website at https://umsatshow.org
Thank you again for attending the past UMSAT Shows.
We hope you had a Great Time and will Attend the 2020 Show!
GLSPS Board of Directors
2018 "Winter" Newsletter
The 2018 Winter Newsletter is Now Available!
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We are hoping for middle July to complete the "2019" Spring Newsletter.
The 2019 Spring Newsletter is not schedule to be published in til July this year.
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It's easy to become a member - annual dues for the "Crew" basic membership level is only $25. Your membership will entitle you to receive two newsletters per year, a GLSPS membership sticker, and an opportunity to participate in GLSPS sponsored projects. We are a non-profit 501.c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
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- Annual BBQ and Cruise on the R/V Preservation during the launch weekend
- A variety of training classes and programs the GLSPS offers for members
- Discounts on equipment rentals and free air for members participating in projects
- Discounts on dive equipment purchased from your local dive shops that participate in the annual Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show
- Annual General Membership Meeting held in the fourth quarter of the year, typically in November
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The most you will get out of being a member is the amazing satisfaction of knowing your annual dues and donations are going to a worthy cause to help protect and preserve maritime history for years to come.
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The Board of Directors Meeting is the first Tuesday of each month and are open to any member. The meetings provide an opportunity to meet other Society members, to get involved, and to provide input into the direction of the Society.
So please join us in the fun helping preserve maritime history by clicking on the membership level you prefer.
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- Watchman - $50
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- Boatswain - $100
- Boatswain Family - $110.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
- Helmsman - $200
- Helmsman Family - $210.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
- Mate - $500
- Mate Family - $510.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
- Plank Owner - $1000 & Up
- Plank Owner Family - $1010.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
* Memberships Watchman and above are listed in our newsletters.
Thank you for considering becoming a GLSPS Member and we look forward to seeing you on a future project!
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