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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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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!

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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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News Stories

GLSPS Invited to Present at the Annual WUAA Conference

 | Published on 10/21/2011



The GLSPS President Phil Kerber, traveled to Milwaukee Wisconsin to give a presentation at the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Associations Annual Conference October 15, 2011.  The Presentation was about one of the biggest Preservation Projects the GLSPS has ever been involved in.  WUAA started the Project back in 2000 when Pat Labitie, the Lead Historian in the area, and Jeff Gray, current President of WUAA, had expressed a concern that the Meteor was loosing interest and attendance of the annual tours was dropping drastically.  The fact is that the whale back ship the S.S. Meteor is falling apart  piece by piece and the City of Superior was on a path to have it cut up and scrapped for the current price of metal.

Jeff Gray, and Pat Labitie conducted a special meeting and voiced their concerns.  Then developed a plan to send a small group of people from WUAA to travel west to Superior Wisconsin and make an attempt to stabilize and help preserve this great piece of Maritime History. 


The first Meteor project that Phil Kerber attended was April 2001.  Russel Leitz was the current President if WUAA.  I had an opportunity to get to know Russel throughout the next three years when I helped him for three years on this project.  


In the spring of 2004 and after the project work weekend, Russel Leitz asked me if the GLSPS would take over the project.  Graciously I accepted.  So, the spring of April 2005 the GLSPS and Phil Kerber continued the S.S. Meteor Preservation Project. We had 25 people join us on the project the first year.  It just grew from there.


The GLSPS has been in charge of the Preservation project for seven years and it has grown from 10 people to a record number of 72 participants.  We have an average of 60 to 65 participants that join us on this project every year.


Please check out the 2011 Preservation project by clicking on the "Project reports 2011"  and read more about the project.  You can also see several photos by clicking on the "Photo Page List" on the left menu column of the website.


This is an above water Preservation Project and you do not need to be a diver,  If you have any interest in helping on this project, please contact Phil Kerber by clicking on "Contact us" on the side menu of the website.


Have a super day,



Phil Kerber

GLSPS President