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Dedicated to Preserving our Shipwrecks and Maritime History
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!

UMSAT Show Website

Virtual Show Only!
The Date for the 2021 UMSAT Show!!

April 8 - 10, 2021

Thursday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 PM

Meet and Greet  the speakers
Virtual Event 
starting Saturday at 5:30 PM and going to 7:30 PM

There will be one or two speakers each night 
starting at 7:00 PM

Saturday will have two speakers and a Virtual Social event 
starting at 5:30 PM and going to when ever.....

Stay tuned for the Lineup of Speakers for 2021

For more information on the upcoming 2021 UMSAT Show, please visit

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

Or, contact Mary Lillimo at "Show Chairperson", or Phil Kerber, "President", 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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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!

GLSPS Project 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

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Just For Fun

In 1999, we completed our pilot sink-a-ship project by sinking the Just For Fun, our 37-foot ferro-cement sailboat in Beaver Bay. This created a lot of interest in the DNR. We sent a letter in January to Allen Garbor, the commissioner of the DNR, requesting State Parks division to work with us to evaluate the feasibility of intentionally sinking a larger vessel. The DNR responded with an expression of interest and commending us on our leadership. They have requested that we write a project proposal.

We will be working with the Region 2 DNR Planner, Jim Weseloh, and the Regional Parks Manager, Jim Willford, to address all the issues involved. We are currently working on a proposal that would result in the intentional sinking a much larger vessel that would have historical significance to the north shore of Lake Superior.

There was a good turn out of both boat and shore spectators to watch GLSPS sink the ferro-cement sailboat, Just For Fun, on June 12.

Thanks to everyone for helping make the first intentional sinking on the North Shore such a success!
The City of Beaver Bay and local merchants
provided parking and refreshment stands.
Waiting for the time to tow her out to the site.
The Coast Guard arrives from Bayfield to oversee the sinking.
Towing Just For Fun out into the bay to sink.
Waiting and waiting and waiting.
After about 1 hour and 20 minutes, she finally sinks.