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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 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.

HomeHesper Diver Access

Shipwreck Hesper Diver's Access

 
After five years of patiently working with and prodding the Minnesota DNR the Hesper break wall access became a reality in September 2003. Divers can now drive out on the break wall at the Silver Bay Marina, drop off their gear at the turnaround, then move their car to the parking lot while they are diving.  There are concrete benches to use to suit up and some simple concrete steps down the rock break wall to the water.  At water level there is a larger staging area to do your final suiting-up or for removing your gear after the dive.  The steps are inconspicuous and do not ruin the esthetics of the marina or break wall. ( I didn't know break walls had esthetics.)  The access puts you about 75 feet from the wreck which now makes the Hesper the most accessible wreck on the North Shore.

GLSPS was the driving force that worked with Trails and Waterways divisions of DNR to plan the break-wall access to the Hesper and with the DNR project engineers to see the project through.  We are pleased with the results of our cooperation with the MnDNR.

If there is one thing we have learned in working with government agencies, is that patience and persistence pays off which is why these access projects are ongoing.  Our many thanks to the folks we worked with in the DNR.
 
Also stop by the Hesper display in the Silver Bay Marina building!
 
 

The new access is located off the break wall by the marina in Silver Bay, MN.

A sign marks the entry on the break wall drive side. The marina side of the path is just rock.

Concrete benches can be used for collecting and staging your gear.

Simple concrete steps make the treck down the break wall to the lake relatively easy.

A larger staging area is at the bottom of the steps.

Entry between the rocks a little rough but reasonable.

Don't forget your dive flag.

It works even in some rough water, but don't forget you also have to make your exit in the rough water.