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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Preserving our Shipwrecks and Maritime History
"From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

The New Date and Venue for 2021 UMSAT Show!!

April 9 - 10, 2021

Friday Night at the Movies
7:00 to 10:00 PM

Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Main Show

(Meet and Greet Party with Food and Beverages)
At The Holiday Inn Hospitality Room
(Next Door to Jimmy's)
7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the canceled 2020 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2021 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", 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


2020 GLSPS "Virtual" General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Zoom Virtual Online Meeting

Time:  6:30 to 9:30 PM

The GLSPS has been using "Zoom" Online Meetings System for almost 2 years 
Members can join any of the meetings the GLSPS has Scheduled.

To participate in this meeting or any meeting, please go to the GLSPS website "Events Calendar" and click on the date of the meeting and it will go to the Description of the meeting which includes the "Zoom" Links.  

Please Note:

To experience the best Zoom Online Meeting:

1. Make sure you have the most current version of "Zoom". 
2. Have a suitable camera/microphone system on your computer or mobile device. 
Upon arrival to the "Zoom" Meeting, you will be automatically muted.  If you need to ask a question, please use the "Chat" function.

To Join the Zoom Meeting, please click on Link to the Description Below

GLSPS 2020 Annual General Membership Meeting

Ken Merryman Guest Speaker at the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting
Shipwreck Hunter and GLSPS Board of Director 

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

1. A 30 minute Presentation from Phil Kerber - President

2. We will discuss what's happened in 2020 and what we propose in 2021. 

3. The Newest Project (3D Photogrammetry) and the new website that supports the Data Collected

4. Discuss the largest Monitoring and 3D Photogrammetry projects ever organized as a multinational effort and cooperation.

Guest Speaker for the evening:  

Ken Merryman, 

Traveler, Historian, Shipwreck Hunter and GLSPS Board of Director


"Finding the Pere Marquette 18"

Ken will also discuss his latest 
Circumnavigating Adventures through the Great Lakes.

Please join us to see what the GLSPS is up to!

We hope to see you there!

2020 Gales of November

November 10 - 14, 2020

Please join us for the

2020 Gales of November Conference

The Conference will be a Virtual Conference Only!

Please see Conference Flyer to the Right to view the program, speakers and related activities.

To Learn More about the Conference,  
here is the link to the Sponsor's Website, "LSMMA"
"You can also obtain the Zoom Presentation Links on their website"

LSMMA / Gales of November Website

Here is the List of Conference Zoom Links to Join Each Day.

Gales of November 2020 Speaker Topics and Zoom Links

3D Shipwreck - Photogrammetry


J H Jones

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society may have been lacking activities in 2020 however, thanks to Ken Merryman and his circumnavigating adventures he was still able to continue with the 3D Photogrammetry Process we set up over the 2019/2020 winter.

Our GLSPS divers aboard the Heyboy have performed the necessary dives to shoot the images to create the 3D models.

We have added a few more 3D Shipwreck Images to the GLSPS 3D Photogrammetry Database.  Please feel free to take a look at the database by clicking on the link to the 3D Shipwrecks Website. 

Next year we hope to add more 3D images to the Database.  We also hope to be able to launch the RV Preservation Research Vessel in 2021 to be able to perform the necessary dives on the North Shore of Lake Superior for the new database.    

BSA Venture Crew 820 and GLSPS for the 7th Annual
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Event

Sunday, October 4, 2020



Please join the BSA Scuba Venture Crew 820 and the GLSPS Members for the Underwater Pumpkin Carving Event at Golden Acres Campground on Square Lake.

This event embodies all the elements of a perennial Scout fall classic: adventure, convenience, timeliness, creative expression, and FUN for everyone!

Please click on this link to learn more about the event and to "Register".

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive

If you have any questions on this event, please contact the Program Leader.  His information is below.

Dean Soderbeck
Program Leader and BSA Advisor

2020 Project Schedule Announcement

The COVID-19 Outbreak has affected many of the Nations scheduled Events. 

Since there is not a play book written for this situation, all GLSPS diving projects and
programs that were scheduled on the RV Preservation are canceled!  

The RV Preservation will not be available this year as it is not scheduled to be launched.  This is
mainly because of the required "Social Distancing" which cannot be maintained on a boat.

There may be Fun and Training Dives added to the Schedule this year.
  Shore dives are certainly a better way to Control the required "Social Distancing" which could be
in affect until September or longer.

Perhaps this year would be a great year to checkout your local Dive Shops to help support
them with the business they have lost by joining them for their scheduled shore dives.

Please check back to the GLSPS website to 
review any changes to the 
"2020 Projects Schedule"

Please contact the "Project Leader" if you have a question 

or need additional information on a Program or Project

GLSPS Board of Directors

GLSPS Meetings Announcement

The COVID-19 Outbreak has effected most of us throughout the world.  Social distancing, "Stay at Home Orders" from Local, State and Federal Governments and lack of communications among the masses have pushed us to seek out other means to communicate.  With the advent of Online Meetings from "Zoom" "Google", "Microsoft" and others, it has bridged the gap between social visiting and conducting every day business.

Please join us for a “Zoom” Online Meeting.  All of the GLSPS meetings are broadcasted and have been since February 2019.  Please join us by logging in as a member.  Then going to the “Events Calendar” Click on the date of the meeting and scroll down to the description of the meeting where you will find the link and any information you need for the "Zoom" Meeting.  Click on the link and you will be prompted to download the most current and secure software for the GLSPS Zoom Meeting System.  This will only happen once, (unless there’s a software update).  Once the software is loaded it will automatically go to the Zoom meeting login, enter the password, (which is in the meeting information) push enter and you will see the participants and the meeting in progress.  Your audio will be muted upon arrival to the meeting and you can toggle it on and off as needed.  You will mostly be muted during the meeting.  You can also toggle your video on and off during the GLSPS online meeting.

It's very simple to join us and stay in contact with the GLSPS Board of Directors, Staff and fellow members.  The online meetings will help keep members up-to-date and informed about the organization's future, happenings, goals and ideals.  

The GLSPS will continue to broadcast all meetings from now on, even after the COVID-19 Outbreak has been cleared. 

Please do not hesitate to join us during any meeting we broadcast.  Please check the Events Calendar for meeting availability.  What better way to become more active as a GLSPS Member! 

We hope to see you at the next online meeting!  

GLSPS Board of Directors

2020 R/V Preservation Work Weekends


At the time of this Announcement the RV Preservation Work Weekends are in "Limited" status.

The 2020 summer summer is here.  Unfortunately, and in light of the COVID-19 Outbreak, the GLSPS will not be launching the RV Preservation Research Vessel this year.  The final decision was made at the June 2, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting.    

The state has lifted the "Stay at Home Order" and we can move forward in using this year to catch up on Maintenance and other projects on the boat such as finishing the painting of the cabin area.  Although we will still need to practice "Social Distancing".   

Here is an event setup to volunteer helping perform a few tasks on the RV Preservation Research Vessel for 2020.

RV Preservation Maintenance Weekend - 09/20/2020
If anyone would you like to help with working on the R/V PRESERVATION during the summer, please contact Ken Knutson, Tim Pranke or Phil Kerber.  We still have many wanted or needed items that need to be performed and since the boat will remain on land for the year, we can hopefully complete most of them by the end of the season. 

A list has been prepared for volunteers to move forward throughout the summer.  That said, we are limiting the amount of people working on the boat at the same time and same weekend.  Either way, we can work out something if any of you are interested in helping.

Stay tuned for further information about the RV Preservation.  

Have a great diving year and be safe.

GLSPS Board of Directors

The Annual 2020 UMSAT Show

April 3 - 4, 2020
Friday - 7:00 - 10:00 PM 
Saturday - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Phone 612-567-3305


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Jimmy's Event Center
(Entrance Through East Door)
3565 Labore Rd.
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110


Cancelled Because of the COVID-19 Outbreak!


*Health Alert*

In light of the concerns with the corona-virus (COVID-19) in the US, the UMSAT Show Planning Committee and the Board of Directors have decided to CANCEL the 2020 UMSAT Show.  

The next UMSAT Show is Scheduled for April 9 -10, 2021 at the same venue.  Please mark you calendars!

If you were associated with the 2020 UMSAT Show, we would like to thank everyone that volunteered to help with the planning!  We really appreciated the following groups of people:
1. UMSAT Show Committee Members 
2. GLSPS Board of Directors 
3. Speakers 
4. Exhibitors 
5. Staff 
6. Volunteers

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by phone 612-567-3305 or email - 

Thank you again and we hope to see you at next year's 2021 UMSAT Show.

Please Note:  There is always information about the next UMSAT Show on the left side bar of this website.

GLSPS Board of Directors
UMSAT Show Committee



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2019 "Spring/Summer & Winter" Newsletters

The 2019 Spring/Summer and Winter Newsletters is Now Available!

Click Here to view your copy of the "2019 Spring/Summer Newsletter".

Click Here to view your copy of the "2019 Winter Newsletter". 

Please Note: You will need to log onto the GLSPS website as a Member to obtain your copy.

Become a Member

GLSPS membership is open to anyone interested in helping preserve maritime history.

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.

Learn more about us in our membership brochure!

Become a Member - Online  Become a Member - Mail Form

GLSPS Member Benefits

  1. Two newsletters per year
  2. Access to the members view of the GLSPS website
  3. Opportunity to participate in the many exciting and rewarding projects aboard our research vessel the R/V Preservation
  4. Annual BBQ and Cruise on the R/V Preservation during the launch weekend
  5. A variety of training classes and programs the GLSPS offers for members
  6. Discounts on equipment rentals and free air for members participating in projects
  7. Discounts on dive equipment purchased from your local dive shops that participate in the annual Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show
  8. Annual General Membership Meeting held in the fourth quarter of the year, typically in November
  9. A chance to help the Society as an active member, learn more about preserving maritime history.  It's also a great way to help you become more of a dynamic person in your careers and your everyday life
The best thing about being a member is the 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.

You will receive email communications and announcements from the GLSPS website,  Some of the emails you will be receiving are, Newsletters, Meeting notices, Upcoming Programs and Projects, and any other GLSPS activities or society news.

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. 

Starting November 2019, we now broadcast all of our meetings using the "Zoom" Online Meeting System.  Any member can obtain the link to "Zoom" into the meetings by going to the "Calendar", then look for the meeting date.  Click on the event.  On the front page of the event, please  scroll down to the description where you will find the link to the Zoom Meeting.  Please Note:  Only Members can connect to the meeting using Zoom.

So please join us in the fun helping preserve maritime history by clicking on the membership level you prefer.

Tax Deductible Membership Levels:

  1. Crew - $25
  2. Crew Family -$35.00 Up to Four Additional Family Membes
  3. Watchman - $50
  4. Watchman Family - $60.00 Up to Four additional Family Members
  5. Boatswain - $100
  6. Boatswain Family - $110.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  7. Helmsman - $200
  8. Helmsman Family - $210.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  9. Mate - $500
  10. Mate Family - $510.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  11. Plank Owner - $1000 & Up
  12. 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!

Website Updates

Website URL

  • is once again our direct website address!
    • All content from our legacy site has been transferred to ClubExpress.
    • Note that ClubExpress sends you to when you log into the website; this is expected behavior.

New Menu and Content

  • Projects Archive
    • Includes project info as far back as 1994, two years before the GLSPS was officially started!
  • Programs
    • Highlights our ongoing efforts and provides summary for multi-year projects.
    • The 2017 Organizational Structure has been added to the Program Documents.  This outline lists the Society's Objectives, Priorities, Committees, Programs and Projects for the next few years.  Here is the link to the Organizational Structure Outline
  • Wrecks / Dive Sites
    • Historical info, preservation efforts, current location, mooring buoy status (as available), and more!

We'd like to hear from you!

  • The GLSPS is trying to save time and money for our Newsletters, Membership renewal notices and other correspondence by saving on paper, printing and postage.  Please provide you email addresses by sending them to
  • Send any website comments, ideas, suggestions for improvements, corrections, etc to  Phil Kerber.

Website Updated October 27, 2020
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