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Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019

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

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit

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

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

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.

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.

HomeMcDougall's Dream Fund Raiser

McDougall’s Dream is Saturday

September 24, 2016!

Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event

Alexander McDougall

This year marks the 12th annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.

In the late 1880s 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 “whaleback.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whalebacks in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whaleback ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.

McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 24 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center located at 305 Harbor View Parkway Superior WI.

Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. and go to 4:30 pm with topics such as, "What Happened to the Whale Back Barges"? - Elmer EngmanMcDougall's Islay - David Coleman; "The Brownstone Industry at the Head of the Lakes" - Brian Klawater; "A Tremendous Opportunity" Alexander McDougall and the Collingwood Ship Building Company" - Mathew Daley

The evening events begin at 6 p.m. and go to 9:00 pm.  Starting with a cash bar, dinner catered by Duluth Grill, and silent auction.  Keynote speaker Niel Zoss  "Historian" - The Wreck and Rescue of the Henry Cort

 Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the S.S. Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.

The cost is $15 for the daytime talks, $40 for the evening dinner and keynote speaker, or $50 for a combination ticket for daytime and evening events.

For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.

  • Superior Public Museums, Inc.

Operating three historical sites in the city of Superior, Wisconsin.

Fairlawn Mansion, an authentically restored 1890 Victorian House Museum.

SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, the world's last remaining above-water Whaleback ship.

Old Firehouse and Police Museum, the last of Superior's 19th Century Fire Halls.

  • Contact Us

Superior Public Museums
906 East 2nd Street
Superior, WI 54880

Call: 715-394-5712

SPM Business Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round