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Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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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.

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

Alexander McDougall

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

Keynote Presentation

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)


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Phone:  _______________________________   Email:  ______________________________________________

Please make checks payable to:                                   Credit Card #_____________________________________

Superior Public Museums                                             Expiration Date ______/________    CVC______

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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!

  Tools Used to Monitor the Thomas Wilson
Photo by Jack Decker


Bow of the Thomas Wilson
Photo by Ken Merryman

Forward Turret
Photo by Ken Merryman

Crack in the Hull from the Collision 
Photo by Ken Merryman

Please Note: 
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.

Please join us for these EXCITING Projects!!
Two Chances to Join us!

If you haven't dived the Whale-back Thomas Wilson, here is your chance!

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Amazon also has thousands of discounted items, especially during holidays. New deals are being added daily, so take advantage of these specials while they last!

The Annual 2019 UMSAT Show

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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New Location for 2019!

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


The 2019 UMSAT Show is Now Over.

If you attended the show this year we would be honored if you would take the time and complete a survey to let us know how we did.

Here is the link to the Survey

2019 UMSAT Show Attendee Survey

Thank you For Joining us at The Kick Off Event
"Friday Night at the Movies"
It was VERY Successful!

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Show Started at 7:00 PM and Went Until 10:30 PM.

To Learn More About the Friday Night at the Movies Event, Please Click on This Link

Friday Night at the Movies Event Information

UMSAT Show 2019 Advertising Hanging Poster

View Photos from the Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show 2019

Thank you for Staying with us for a weekend getaway at the Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Hotel Reservations

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!

Please click on the link below to print the Registration Form.

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitor Sponsors Registration Form

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.



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!

Awards 2019

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

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!

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.

Click Here to view your copy of the 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 doing something to help preserve these amazing historic and recreational sites.

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 and, to learn new things to help you be more of a dynamic person at your careers and your everyday life
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.

You will receive many 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.

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 Nick Lintgen or  Phil Kerber.

Website Updated September 6, 2019
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