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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 9:30 PM
(Including Awards Banquet)

New Location!

Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington

 
For more information on the 2017 UMSAT show, please visit www.umsatshow.org

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org 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.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906
Lumberman



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.

HomeAmerica Monitoring Project 2013

Initial Announcement


S.S. America Monitoring Project
June 27 - June 30, 2013


Now Underway until Monday June 30th


The S.S.America Monitoring Project was initiated because of it accelerated deterioration from a storm a couple of years ago.  The famous Isle Royale shipwreck has suffered extensive damage from this storm and is rapidly falling apart into a debris field located on the starboard side (right side) of the vessel.  We are going to be shooting video to determine what if anything can be done to further stabilize the famous Isle Royale Shipwreck.  Please check back later in the year on the results of the monitoring project.  We will need to edit many hours of video to present an accurate report.

To learn more about the project, please click on this link.  SS America Monitoring Project - 6/28/2013


This project requires special personnel and equipment  to perform the monitoring of the S.S. America.  We needed folks that owned their own video cameras and had taken the Introduction to Archeology classes we offered to the membership in the past.

Currently this project is completely filled up and space is no longer available.  However, if we have any cancelations, we could let interested people know.  Please register as a backup person if you are interested. 

We may have another S.S.America Monitoring Project next year so please check back next spring to register for the project if
interested.  Please contact project leader or co leader if you have any questions.  Their contact information is located in the "2013 Projects" Schedule.  Please click on the field located on the upper left side of the website.

Corey Daniel
Monitoring Chairman / Project Leader

Ken Merryman
Captain and Co Project Leader 


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S.S. America Monitoring Project Report
 
 

    It was the early morning of this past June 27 that "Heyboy" departed Grand Portage, MN, headed for Isle Royale.  On calm waters Ken Merryman captained his crew of seven GLSPS volunteers past Hat Point into the fog that would encompass their entire voyage to the island.  On board were Randy Beebe, Steve and Corey Daniel, Jack Decker, Kelly Murphy and Pete McConnell.  The purpose of this monitoring project was to observe, photograph, video and document changes occurring  on the "America" wreck.

     After checking in with the park service at Windigo Visitors Center and waiting out a nice little thunderstorm, we finally were able to proceed to the wreck of the "America".  The entire time we were moored to the wreck and diving, the weather couldn't decide between sun shine and calm winds to brisk SW gusts pushing fog and cold temps in as well as threatening rain.  That didn't prevent us from having a great but sombering dive.

     The last time GLSPS had a monitoring project on this wreck was in 2009.  The National Park Service dive team was there videoing as well.  The wreck was fairly intact and the repairs made on earlier projects seemed to be holding up.  After the October storm in 2010 that lifted the boat deck off and deposited it on the port side of the wreck, Ken thought the site would remain relatively stable.  The wreck seemed relatively undisturbed from the cabin deck down in 2011.  In 2012 Ken dove the "America" at the end of the season and was amazed to see the port side wooden cabin walls near the boiler room and truck was sloping out about 30 degrees.  The upper engine room walls were collapsing and the wall between the upper engine room and the engineer's quarters had come loose and was sitting in the aft stairwell to the lower engine room.  The top of the grand staircase had been pulled to port ripping it from its base and the separation between the cabin deck and the starboard side of the ship continued to widen.  Due to the drastic changes seen in 2012 it was decided to try and document the changes in the GLSPS monitoring project in 2013.  The cabin deck was found to be continuing  to migrate to port and now the port side wooden cabin wall near the boiler room and truck is at a 90 degree angle to the hull.  This side wall is correctly set near the stern but gradually bends to port more as you move forward.  It also seems like the ship is heeled over more now but there is no historical data to compare it to.  Pictures taken and video shot, the crew called it a day before the weather worsened.

      The next morning was spent locating a newly discovered barge in Washington Harbor across from the Windigo dock.  Dive teams were armed either with a camera or tape measure.  The park service had already dove on the barge, taking some initial measurements.  Our task was to video and take more measurements of the barge t get a more accurate picture of the dimensions and details.  It appears to be a work barge roughly 15 feet wide and 45 feet log.  There were two sampson posts, one at the bow with a chock forward of it and one at the stern.  There was a crude cleat at every corner and the hull was covered in steel plating at the bow and stern.  There were two hatch holes located on the inside of  the sampson posts that allowed a glimpse of the reinforcing structure under the deck.  this barge was definitely built to handle weight.  There will be a more detailed report in the making.  It was fun to be among the first few divers to experience a newly found piece of history.

     After completing our documentation of the barge we returned to the wreck of the "America".  Divers were paired up and again photographed or videoed the wreck.  I was partnered up with Ken and our focus was to recapture specific poses in specific areas that had been videoed in 2009 and photographed in the 1990's as well as 1970's.  This included entering the crew's bunk room from the bow stairway, the truck, engine room, social salon area, descending the stairway to the galley, and the debris along or near the port side of the hull.  The cabin walls collapsing along the port side made a tunnel like swim thru towards the bow on the outside of the hull.

      Ken Merryman has dove this wreck for over 30 years and it was very hard  for him to see the wreck deteriorating so much.  So many people over many years have worked so hard to preserve the wreck and in the end mother nature will always do what she wants.  Thanks to all the hard work of this project's volunteers.  Everyone did their part to make the voyage a safe and productive one.
 
Our thanks to the project participants: Steve Daniel, Corey Daniel, Ken Merryman,  Jack Decker, Kelly Murphy, Pete McConnell, and Randy Beebe.
 

Corey Daniel
GLSPS Monitoring Chairman