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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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March 2 - 3, 2018

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

Same Location as 2017!

Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington

For more information on the 2017 UMSAT show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at or contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber.

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. 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. 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 Superior Scuba Charters and 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.

If you are interested in booking a day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining a north shore day cruise.

S.P. Ely 2017 Documentation - Youth Group Intro to Shipwreck Diving Project

This annual Ely documentation Project is where the GLSPS also invites youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA Venture Crew 820) to experience shipwreck diving.

S.P. Ely Documentation And Youth Group Intro To Shipwreck Diving

BSA Youth Group Dive Briefing Before the Dive on the S.P. Ely

Splash Down for the BSA Youth Group Dive Team

"The Winch"
One of the Main Attractions for the Youth on the S.P. Ely

For more Details and to Register for the Project, please click on Link Below


GLSPS Fun Dive Event 2017

Fun Dives aboard the R/V Preservation from Silver Bay Marina
August 26 - 27, 2017

Join us for this fun and relaxing GLSPS event!

Learn More and Register Now by Clicking on the Link.

R/V Preservation at the Madeira
R/V Preservation at the Silver Bay Marina Dock after a day of diving

Fun Dives 2016 Crew

Preparing for a Dive on the Madeira August 2016

Diver getting ready to jump in and descend onto the shipwreck
Photo by Jack Decker

(Tentative)  Click Here

Hope you can join us this year!

GLSPS Board of Directors

Madeira and Hesper Monitoring Project 2017

July 22 - 23, 2017





2017 Madeira / Hesper Monitoring Project Photos

Please join us for an adventure Diving the shipwrecks along the North Shore to help Monitor them for deterioration

During this project we are going to monitor the conditions of each shipwreck through visual observation drawings and also using both still and video photography. 


The Madeira and Hesper have been underwater for a very long time.  Mother nature has done a great job preserving them but she has beaten them up along the way.  As divers we dive these shipwrecks and will eventually cause wear from diving them year after year.

This is were volunteers from the GLSPS step in to help.  With the joint effort of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the GLSPS tries to help stabilize and preserve these shipwrecks from further deterioration.  We work closely with the state organizations and near by Cities near the shipwrecks, to gain access through special permitting to perform the underwater work we perform to preserve the shipwrecks and ultimately maritime history. 

Before we can do any of this, we need to document and monitor each shipwrecks deterioration characteristics.  If the shipwreck looks like it's in danger of collapsing or is becoming a safety concern for divers, we formulate a preservation and stabilization plan and present it to the GLSPS Board of Directors.  If the Board and MHS approve the plan, we go to work and implement the plan.  We will also need to obtain permits from the MHS (and sometimes the DNR) to perform construction work on the shipwreck.  If we complete the process like planned, it will help to preserve the shipwreck for many years.  The shipwreck will be intact for future divers to be able to view, just like we saw when we first dived the shipwreck.

Here is the link to the Event Page - Madeira and Hesper Monitoring Project 2017


Here is your chance to dive the Madeira and Hesper aboard the R/V Preservation and have a great time learning the process of our research as well!

Corey Daniel
Project Leader


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2017 R/V Preservation Season Preparation Work Weekends

Thank you to all that helped prepare the RV Preservation for the 2017 season of Projects!!

Save the Date - 17th Annual UMSAT Show

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The UMSAT Show is now past and was another successful show.  We had a lot of positive feed back about the show this year.  Those of you that missed it, missed an AWESOME show!  

Thank you to all that attended, including the public, members, exhibitors, sponsors, local dive shops, Local County Sheriff's Departments, and mostly the speakers that were a  large part of making the
show successful. 

We would also like to extend our deepest thank you to all the volunteers that helped! 

A special thanks to our friends from the east - Ghost Ships Festival in Milwaukee.

Visit the UMSAT Show website for more info and view pictures from the 2017 UMSAT Show here is the link to the Photo Album

Keep your show program book as it has very valuable information in it.  You can use it throughout the year to you find - dive shops for training, dive equipment, charter services, repair services.  Please patronize the local businesses that advertise in the program book and listed as sponsors on the site. They may even have a discount if you tell them you found their ad in the UMSAT Show program book!

2017 Show Sponsors!

Please give them the recognition by patronizing their businesses and visiting or calling them at their stores.

Platinum Sponsors
Air Down There Logo 2x1 Aquaventure Logo 2x1   Midwest School of Diving Logo 2x1
Gold Sponsors
Scuba Style Logo 2x1 North Shore Scenic Cruises Logo 2x1 Scuba Center Logo 2x1

Silver Sponsors

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2016 Fall Newsletter is Now Available

The Fall 2016 newsletter is now available to GLSPS members!

The Spring 2017 Newsletter will be coming soon, hopefully in July.

Click on the link below to view or print your color copy.

2016 Fall Newsletter

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and thank you again for your support!

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or comments on the newsletter, projects or society.

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 this year.  Here is the link to the 2017 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.

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 are 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. Family - $35 - Up to four Family Members.
  3. Watchman - $50
  4. Boatswain - $100
  5. Helmsman - $200
  6. Mate - $500
  7. Plank Owner - $1000 & Up
* 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 our projects!

Website Updated August 13, 2017
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