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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Preserving our Shipwrecks and Maritime History
"From Prevention to Preservation"
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Website Updated
November 1, 2021

GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

The Date for the 2022 UMSAT Show!!

April 1, 2, 2022

For more information about the Speaker Lineup and General UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please contact us via email at

Or, contact Mary Lillemo "Show Chairperson" at or Phil Kerber, "GLSPS President", at

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving, adventure travel experiences, shipwreck diving and maritime history research and stories.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!

Project Waiver

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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!

GLSPS Project & UMSAT Show Sponsors

Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Required to show GLSPS Membership Card! 
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. You will be required to show your GLSPS Membership Card.  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


Scuba Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Required to show GLSPS Membership Card! 
Thank you, Tom Benson and John Avery!

GLSPS Project and Program Note:

On every Diving Project the GLSPS Requires that you complete 
the Liability Release and Waiver Form 36 to 24 hours
Before you board the RV Preservation Research Vessel.
Here is the link to the form you will need to fill out, sign and submit.

GLSPS Liability Release and Waiver Form 

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2021 GLSPS "Virtual" General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Zoom Virtual Online Meeting

Time:  6:30 to 7:00 - Meeting
7:00 to 8:30 PM - PBS Wisconsin

Please DO NOT forget to register and send RSVP to the Entertainment portion of tonight's Meeting
IN ADVANCE!  Please use this link to Register/RSVP.  Dive Into History With Shipwrecks 

The GLSPS has been using "Zoom" Online Meetings System for almost 3 years 
Members can join any of the meetings the GLSPS has Scheduled.

To participate in this meeting or any meeting, please go to the GLSPS website "Events Calendar" and click on the date of the meeting and it will go to the Description of the meeting which includes the "Zoom" Links.  

Please Note:

To experience the best Zoom Online Meeting:

1. Make sure you have the most current version of "Zoom". 
2. Have a suitable camera/microphone system on your computer or mobile device. 
Upon arrival to the "Zoom" Meeting, you will be automatically muted.  If you need to ask a question, please use the "Chat" function.

To Join the Zoom Meeting, please click on Link below which has the link in the Meeting "Description"

GLSPS 2021 Annual General Membership Meeting

Ken Merryman, Shipwreck Hunter and GLSPS Board of Director
Guest Speaker at one of the Physical Annual Membership Meetings

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

1. A 30 minute Presentation from Phil Kerber - President

2. We will discuss what's happened in 2021 and what we propose in 2022.  

3. The Newest Project (3D Photogrammetry) and the new website that supports the Data Collected

At 7:00 PM we will be ending it and letting the members tune into a Zoom Event from OVEE PBS Wisconsin to view a 90 minute super presentation "Dive Into History With Shipwrecks"  with Moderator Jon Miskowski and other panelists.

Here is the link to tune into the above presentation.  Dive Into History With Shipwrecks 
Please take a moment to register early and before the meeting.

Please join us to see what the GLSPS is up to!

We hope to see a GREAT turnout at the Zoom Meeting this year!  So please mark your calendars and join us.

GLSPS Board of Directors

Let's Celebrate!!

GLSPS 25th Anniversary



The GLSPS FIRST Emerged in 1996



  • Accolades:
  • Programs and Projects- Over 200 Sponsored and Completed
  • National Register of Historic Places - We shared efforts in 10 nomination Projects.
  • Totally Restored from scratch the Research Vessel RV Preservation and is still in operation after 14 years.
  • Stabilization Projects – Underwater Construction - 3 – Major Projects.
  • Joined in the development of displays for 10 Museums and Maritime Public Facilities.
  • Facilitated 2 - Access Projects. (Hesper and Madeira along the North Shore of Lake Superior) In collaboration with the DNR. 
  • Maintain Shipwreck Mooring's for 3 shipwrecks
  • PIB Program – Completed over 10 projects Above and Below Water.
  • S.S. Meteor - 16 years and counting on the largest Project the GLSPS ever had.
  • Published 3-books
  • Shipwreck Presentations Around the Great Lakes.  Mostly conducted by Ken Merryman, Phil Kerber and a few others.
  • 21- Successful Shipwreck shows
  • 3D Photogrammetry Image Database (New in 2020)

If you have any comments of questions, please feel free to contact us at,

GLSPS Meetings Announcement
All Meetings are now on "Zoom"

Please Join us for a GLSPS Meeting!


The COVID-19 Outbreak has effected most of us throughout the world.  Social distancing, "Stay at Home Orders" from Local, State and Federal Governments and lack of communications among the masses have pushed us to seek out other means to communicate.  With the advent of Online Meetings from "Zoom" "Google", "Microsoft" and others, it has bridged the gap between social visiting and conducting every day business.

Currently the GLSPS Board of Directors is choosing to stay with the Zoom Online Meeting System until further Notice.  With the lifting of restrictions and vaccines, many businesses and meeting formats are starting to meet in person once again.  The board is in the process of deciding how we conduct our board meetings in the future.  We were possibly thinking about meeting in person every other month or every quarter.  When we do decide to meet in person we will still have a highbred version like we had before the pandemic.  We have Board of Directors that are in other cities and states and will still need to participate in the Monthly Board of Directors Meetings via Zoom.

Please join us for a “Zoom” Online Meeting.  All of the GLSPS meetings are broadcasted and have been since February 2019.  Please join us by logging in as a member.  Then going to the “Events Calendar” Click on the date of the meeting and scroll down to the description of the meeting where you will find the link and any information you need for the "Zoom" Meeting.  Click on the link and you will be prompted to download the most current and secure software for the GLSPS Zoom Meeting System.  This will only happen once, (unless there’s a software update).  Once the software is loaded it will automatically go to the Zoom meeting login, enter the password, (which is in the meeting information) push enter and you will see the participants and the meeting in progress.  Your audio will be muted upon arrival to the meeting and you can toggle it on and off as needed.  You will mostly be muted during the meeting.  You can also toggle your video on and off during the GLSPS online meeting.  Please feel free to use the "Chat" option to ask any questions or make any comments during the meeting.

It's very simple to join us and stay in contact with the GLSPS Board of Directors, Staff and fellow members.  The online meetings will help keep members up-to-date and informed about the organization's future, happenings, goals and ideals.  

The GLSPS will continue to broadcast ALL meetings from now on, even after the COVID-19 Outbreak has been cleared. 

Please do not hesitate to join us during any meeting we broadcast.  Please check the Events Calendar for meeting availability.  What better way to become more active as a GLSPS Member! 

We hope to see you at the next online meeting!  

GLSPS Board of Directors

The 21st Annual 2021 UMSAT Show

The 2021 UMSAT Show has Now Ended and we Thank All of You That Attended!!

Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show 2021 Photos

Thank You to Everyone that Joined us For the Virtual Show!!

APRIL 8, 9, 10

For more details,
please read below or, go to
the UMSAT Show Website

Or Contact us 

Phone 612-567-3305


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The 2021 Physical
is once again
not allowed 
given the current
state of the pandemic. 

The GLSPS Board of Directors
and Show Committee
agreed to have a

Virtual Show only! Purchase
your Ticket (s) Now!

Speakers / Presenters:

Becky Kagan SchottFred Stonehouse   
        Becky Kagan Schott                       Fred Stonehouse
Ric MixtureDoug Klein

                                                           Ric Mixter                                      Doug Klein  

2021 UMSAT Show Webinar Sponsors

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



 Please Click on the Logos Below to Gain Access to their Websites



         BullDog BackPlates  

These Fine Folks are Also Advertisers for the 2021 UMSAT Show Webinar:

Here are Two Links to the Videos for the Webinar Sponsors and Advertisers 

The first link below is for the Single Page Flyer Ads.  

The Second link below is a video played at the beginning of the show for all Sponsors, Advertisers and their Donations. 

"Superior Public Museums" - Superior WI

"Star of the North Studios" Doris Sampson - Duluth MN

"Southeast Scuba Escape" - Rochester MN  - Video Ad

Double Action Dive Charters  - Video Ad

This year we still had an Auction for the Sponsors Donated items.  We used eBay as our source to manage the "AUCTION".  The fees that are normally charged were waved for the GLSPS as a Non Profit organization.  

Below are links to the 7 items that are were the eBay auction this year.  They were very nice pieces of diving equipment! 

The eBay Auction Items Below has now Ended.  Thank you very much for those that Bid on the Items. 

Mares Puck Pro 1  - Wrist Dive Computer

Mares Puck Pro 2  - Wrist Dive Computer

Mares Quad 1 - Wrist Dive Computer W/Computer Cable

Mares Quad 2 Wrist Dive Computer W/Computer Cable

Mares Quad 3 - Black Wrist Dive Computer

Scuba Pro Regulator - MK17 EVO/A700

Apeks By Aqua Lung Black Ice BCD

Customized GLSPS & Lake Superior Back Plate


*Health Alert*

In light of the concerns with the corona-virus (COVID-19) in the US, the GLSPS Board of Directors and UMSAT Show Planning Committee decided to have a "Virtual" 2021 UMSAT Show.  The state will most likely not clear us to have a physical show by the show date.

The 2021 Virtual UMSAT Show was Scheduled for April 8, 9, 10, 2021The  UMSAT Show is a Major Fund-raiser for the GLSPS. 

We presented one speaker each night starting at 7:00 PM April 8, and one speaker on April 9, starting at 7:00 PM.  Saturday April 10, we will also have two speakers starting at 1:00 PM. 

The 2021 UMSAT Show also featured a Zoom Virtual Social Hour Friday and Saturday after the speakers, an auction on eBay and advertising for Sponsors, exhibitor or, advertise in the Program Book at the physical show, which would normally be at the physical show.

Since this is a major fund raiser for the GLSPS we are asking show participants to purchase a $15.00 ticket (s) 
to receive a link to the conference and a Zoom Social Hour Link.    Please mark you calendars!  The ticket(s) can be purchased from the show website at,  look for the "Tickets" section.

FYI:  If you don't receive a confirmation email right away, please check your Spam or Junk Folders!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by phone 612-567-3305 or email -  

Thank you again and we hope to see you at the first Virtual 2021 UMSAT Show.

Please Note:  There is also information about the 2021 UMSAT Show on the left side bar of this website.

GLSPS Board of Directors
UMSAT Show Committee



2020 "Newsletter"

The 2020 Annual Newsletter is Now Available!

Click Here to view your copy of the "2020 Annual Newsletter".

Please Note: You will need to log onto the GLSPS website as a Member to obtain your copy.

3D Shipwreck - Photogrammetry


J H Jones

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society may have been lacking activities in 2020 however, thanks to Ken Merryman and his circumnavigating adventures he was still able to continue with the 3D Photogrammetry Process we set up over the 2019/2020 winter.

Our GLSPS divers aboard the Heyboy have performed the necessary dives to shoot the images to create the 3D models.

We have added a few more 3D Shipwreck Images to the GLSPS 3D Photogrammetry Database.  Please feel free to take a look at the database by clicking on the link to the 3D Shipwrecks Website. 

Next year we hope to add more 3D images to the Database.  We also hope to be able to launch the RV Preservation Research Vessel in 2021 to be able to perform the necessary dives on the North Shore of Lake Superior for the new database.    

GLSPS Is On Facebook

Please checkout the GLSPS Facebook Posts.  We have Shipping News, Shipwreck Chronology, Diving shipwrecks and just plain fun.

Please click on the Facebook Logo to enter the GLSPS Facebook page.

GLSPS Facebook Page

Please Support the GLSPS With Amazon Smile

Please 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!

Amazon also has thousands of discounted items, especially during holidays. New deals are being added daily, so take advantage of these specials while they last!

Become a Member

GLSPS membership is open to anyone interested in helping preserve maritime history.

It's easy to become a member - annual dues for the "Crew" basic membership level is 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, learn more about preserving maritime history.  It's also a great way to help you become more of a dynamic person in your careers and your everyday life
The best thing about being a member is the 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 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. 

Starting November 2019, we now broadcast all of our meetings using the "Zoom" Online Meeting System.  Any member can obtain the link to "Zoom" into the meetings by going to the "Calendar", then look for the meeting date.  Click on the event.  On the front page of the event, please  scroll down to the description where you will find the link to the Zoom Meeting.  Please Note:  Only Members can connect to the meeting using Zoom.

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. Crew Family -$35.00 Up to Four Additional Family Membes
  3. Watchman - $50
  4. Watchman Family - $60.00 Up to Four additional Family Members
  5. Boatswain - $100
  6. Boatswain Family - $110.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  7. Helmsman - $200
  8. Helmsman Family - $210.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  9. Mate - $500
  10. Mate Family - $510.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
  11. Plank Owner - $1000 & Up
  12. Plank Owner Family - $1010.00 Up to Four Additional Family Members
* 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 a future project!

Join as a Member and Then Register For a Project!

2021 Programs and Projects Schedule is now completed.  Unlike 2020, we have once again launched the RV Preservation on June 13, 2021 for use with all the dive projects.  Please take a moment to go to the "2021 Projects Archive" to see what projects we had scheduled for 2021 and read the "Closing Reports".  Please stay tuned for the 2022 Project Schedule due to be added Feb 2022.  If interested in joining the GLSPS on a project in 2022, please register early as they fill up quickly.   

You can review former programs and projects  by clicking on the "Project Archive" in the menu buttons on the left side of the website page.

We hope you had the opportunity to participate in the past programs and projects.  If you did, we hope you learned a few things about shipwrecks, maritime history preservation and historical 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 on a future program or project.

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.

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.

Attention:  If you renew by regular mail, please be advised that the process can take up to six weeks to process.  (Renewal Online takes about two minutes and about a week to receive your membership renewal packet)!

Mail In Membership / Renewal Form

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