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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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The 2016 Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel show, sponsored by the GLSPS, has come and gone.

Thank you to each of our speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees for another fun year!

For more information on the 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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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.
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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.

R/V Preservation Work Weekends

May 7 - 30

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Join us to prepare our boat for a year of projects!

Tasks include annual maintenance, general fixes and upgrades/improvements.

Please register for the days you are able to attend.

We are grateful for any assistance you can provide!  We also want to ensure sufficient work space and free sleeping space for those staying overnight.
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Note that some people may also be working on the boat during the week.  If you have midweek availability, please contact Ken Knutson to organize tasks and timing.

GLSPS has Joined Amazon Smile

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Select the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society as your supported organization at

A portion of every eligible Amazon Smile purchase will automatically be donated to the GLSPS!

Thank you to all that have given the GLSPS their time volunteering and the support of their generous donations!

Join us on a Project!

2016 Programs and Projects are being finalized and posted!

Please take a moment to review last year's 2015 project reports by clicking on the "Project Archives" in the left menu and then the "2015 Project Reports".

We hope you have had a great time participating in these programs and projects and learned a few things about shipwreck preservation and documentation.

Projects are available to all active members. The GLSPS would like to invite members that have not joined us on a project in the past to join us in 2016!
Please Note: You will need to login as a member to gain access to the main part of this website and to register for GLSPS Programs and Projects.

If you find that your membership is due, you will first need to login as a member then click on the word "Renew Membership" in the upper right hand corner of the website. Please have your credit card ready for payment.

If you prefer to renew your membership by check and regular mail, please click on the link below.

Mail In Membership / Renewal Form

Thank You for Attending our 16th Annual UMSAT Show

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Visit the UMSAT Show website for more info and view pictures from the show in the Photo Album

Keep your show program book as 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 even have a discount if you tell them you found their ad in the UMSAT Show program book!

THANK YOU to this year's sponsors!

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

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
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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: Saturday, May 14, 2016