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Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"

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Please join us for a "FREE" Tour to The HCMC Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities in Minneapolis

Going On Today at 2:00 to 4:00 PM!!!

Last weeks free tour was very educational and a lot of fun!! 
Please join us for the second free tour this Thursday April 24th 2014. 
The link is below If you would like to join us by registering!

The GLSPS would like to invite members, Guests and Non Members to join us in a "Free" tour of the HCMC Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities down town Minneapolis. 

Please click on this link to learn more about the New HCMC Hyperbaric Chamber. 

We arranged for two free tours.  The two dates we reserved are both in the afternoon starting at 2:00 PM and going until 4:00 PM.  If you are interested in participating in the free tour, please choose the date you prefer below and please register bu clicking on the "Register Now" button.


HCMC New Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities Tour - 4/24/2014

This free tour is only available to GLSPS Members, Guests and non members.  You will need to register to participate.

This event will fill up fast so do not hesitate to Register Now.

Thank you for your support as a member

GLSPS Board of Directors 

Announcing the 2014 S.S. Meteor Preservation
and Stabilization Project

Presented By:
 The Great lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society

Welding Efforts on the Upper Turret Crews Quarters
Re-sealing the bow bits
Scraping and painting ceiling where water damage occurred

Greetings GLSPS, LSMMA, SPM, WUAA Members and Friends of the S.S. Meteor,


The S.S. Meteor Preservation and Stabilization Project is coming up fast.  The date is April 26 & 27, 2014.  If you are receiving this email, your have either been on the project in the past or have indicated verbally that you were interested in joining us for the project.


To learn more about the project and find out how you can help us with this very worthy cause, please click on the provided link below.

We complete many tasks and have much fun doing it.  You will meet new friends and most of all, it will be very rewarding that you have made a difference in the world in helping preserve maritime history.  The S.S. Meteor Whale-back Museum Ship looks more than thirty years younger than it used to just from all the volunteer efforts many of you provided for the past eight years.  Thank you to all that helped to make it possible to look so great!


If you are truly interested in joining us, we encourage you to register for the project on this website.  This is so we can create a roster and head count for the food.  (We do not sell or give away any of your contact information).  Here is the link to the Event page on the GLSPS website for you to register for the project.

Lodging is available at Barkers Island Hotel / Inn.  They are giving us a special pricing of $50.00 per room night for those participating in the Meteor Project.  Their phone number is, 715-392-7152715-392-7152.  Ask for "Whale back Room Special".




This year not only do we have our large list of tasks to complete we also have another project coming up on the horizon.  The black part of the hull has not been painted for very long time.  If fact nobody knows when the last time it was painted.  This is going to take many gallons of special paint.  Superior Public Museums is conducting a special program to encourage folks to Buy and Sponsor a Gallon Bucket of Paint to help restore  and preserve the hull of the world’s last Whaleback ship.  The cost of sponsoring a bucket of paint is $50.00 per bucket.   The bucket of paint will be displayed in the tower of "Thanks" in the S.S. Meteor Museum with your name on it throughout the 2014 Touring season.  This will provide notoriety for the folks that helped with purchasing the paint and ultimately the new look of the painted hull.  Personally I have purchased two buckets of paint so far.  I’m in a contest with another guy to see who will purchase the most buckets of paint! I encourage and challenge you to do the same.


The GLSPS, other organizations and friends of the S.S. Meteor will be doing the dirty deed of applying the paint.  Although, you can paint your own bucket of paint on the hull if you prefer only when we finally obtain enough paint to start and finish it within a few days.  So, that being said, please purchase a bucket of paint.  We certainly hope to have enough paint by summer when it is a much better time to apply the paint and for it to dry properly. 


A few of you have purchased a bucket of paint already.  The folks that have not purchased a bucket of paint yet and would like to you can contact either one of us.  (Sara Blanck of the SPM or Phil Kerber from the GLSPS).  Contact information is below.  We will be happy to take your verbal commitment however, we ask that you pay for it at the project when you arrive.  If you cannot participate in the project and would still like to sponsor a bucket of paint, we can take cash, checks or credit cards.   Special handling may be required for mail in checks.


So please step up and buy your sponsored bucket of paint today!  Here is the link to the SPM website.  Purchase and Sponsor a Bucket of Paint  


Thank you very much for volunteering in the past and hope you will join us again this year for the S.S. Meteor Preservation Project.


We hope to see new and familiar faces again this year.


Phil Kerber

GLSPS President

Cell 612-720-2825612-720-2825


Sara Blanck

Director - Superior Public Museums

Office:   715-394-5712715-394-5712

2013 Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project

Tools Used to Count Mussels

Photo taken by Jack Decker


GLSPS Emergency First Responder Class
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Class was sponsored by the GLSPS and is Custom Designed for our use in the field which is typically on the boat and sometimes in a remote area.

To learn more about the class, please click on this link to the scheduled event. 

The EFR Class is now over.  Thank you to all that participated.  Here are a few photos we took during the Class. 

We learned a lot about saving a persons life.  If there were ever an occasion to use these these learned skills, we would know what to do.  We also had a lot of fun learning the skills.

Thank you Scott, Tracy, Karen and Steve from Air Down There Scuba



Please Join us by Becoming a Member

To Become a GLSPS Member for the First Time,
Please Click on this Link.

The New Member Signup button is in the Menu selections on the upper left side of this web page.  Please fill in the (secured) fields and select payment.   It's that easy to become a member!

As a member you have the opportunity to participate in the many exciting and rewarding projects aboard our research vessel the RV Preservation.  Including many other training classes and programs the GLSPS offers for members.
You will receive two newsletters per year, a membership logon username and password to be able to view more than just the public view of the interactive website, and have the satisfaction of knowing your annual dues and donations are going to a worthy cause to help protect historical underwater sites for years to come.  Our newsletter and website, will announce our annual programs and projects as well as emails on all activities and general society news.  There is an Annual Membership Meeting held in the fourth quarter of the year.  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. So please come join us. 
Membership Levels:

1. Crew - $25.00
2. Family - $35.00 - Up to four people.
3. Boatswain - $100.00 to $199.00
4. Helmsman - $200.00 to $499.00
5. Mate - $500.00 to $999.00
5. Plank Owner - $1000.00 & Up

You can also become a member by sending a check with a simple form by clicking on the Button below.  Please print out the form, fill in the fields. Please enclose the form in an envelope with a check and send it through regular mail using the address on the membership form.
Thank you for considering becoming a GLSPS Member.
After you become a member, we certainly hope to see you on a project.


GLSPS Membership Renewal Form



To "Renew" your Membership, you will see the "RENEW" button, in the upper right hand corner of the Main Front Page of the Website after you Login.   Please click on the  Button to renew with a credit card.

Use this link if you are a renewing member and can't login.
If you still prefer to send a check, click on this link above.
(Please Note:  If you renew by check and regular mail, it could take up to 6 weeks before you see your renewal go through the system).



       We Invite you to join us on a Project!     

The 2014 Programs and Projects Schedule Is Now Available

Please take a moment to review the
"2014 Project" Schedule to see if you are interested in a project this year.

(Some projects are not available for Registering yet, please check back later)

The GLSPS hopes Members that have not joined us on a project in the past,
can join us on a 2014 Project.

All New and Current Members are welcome on the Projects.

Please Note:  You will need to login as a member to gain access to the main part of this website and for you to "Register" for most future GLSPS Programs and Projects.

If your Membership is due, you will need to click on the word "Renew" In the upper right hand corner of the website and use a Credit Card for payment.

If you prefer to Renew your Membership by Check and Regular mail, please click on the link below


Mail In Membership / Renewal Form




Please Scroll Up or Down this Page for More Details on upcoming projects or navigate through the website by clicking on any of the left side bar Menus to review what the GLSPS Members completed on any of the past or present projects.







 Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thank you for joining us at the Show This Year

We are sorry we had a horrible snow and ice storm but all in all, it was still an AWESOME show!!

Those of you that missed it, missed a great show!
However, here is a link to the Photo page for the 2014 UMSAT Show

Those that attended the show, please take a moment to fill out a survey for us to help improve the UMSAT Show.

Please Click on the Link Below

Please don't miss the next show.


This year's 2014 UMSAT Show was Scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014
(Which is always the "LAST" weekend in February).

To learn more about the UMSAT Show, please log onto the UMSAT Show website by clicking on the link below or, enter or copy and paste the link into the URL field of your web browser 




If you are interested in promoting your Dive Shop or related business at our 2015 UMSAT show as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, Program Book Advertiser, please click on link button below. 
We are also looking for donations of merchandise and travel packages for the Raffle and or Silent Auction.  There are other options available to help promote your Dive Shop or Business.  Please click on this link to save your booth now!

If you know of a business in your area and they would like to participate in the UMSAT Show by donating a Raffle or Silent Auction item, please click on the button below to let us know or, give us a call at 612-567-3305612-567-3305

If you would like to help promote the 2015 UMSAT Show by inserting a Press Release in your Newsletters or magazines, please click on this button to print a Press Release for the show

UMSAT Show 2014 Press Release

If you have any need for training, dive gear, repair services, southern dive trips or charters to the great lakes, please use any of the sponsors listed below.  You can click on any of the logos below to find them on their websites.  The Logos are also on the front page of the UMSAT Show Website.

If you kept your program books from the previous show, it has very valuable information in it that you can use throughout the year.  Such as Dive Shops, Charter Services, repair services, and equipment you might need.  Please patronize the local businesses that advertise in the book.  They may likely have a discount if you tell them you found their Ad in the UMSAT Show Program Book! 


If you would like to volunteer to help at the show, please click on button link and register your name (or any additional names) so that we can contact you.
A free UMSAT Show t-shirt is given to all volunteers!!


Awards Banquet 2014

After the show, join your fellow divers and shipwreck enthusiasts to socialize and honor the 2014 GLSPS Award Program Winners:


Please nominate your Dive Industry Hero by clicking on this link
This can be done anytime throughout the year.
Deadline for the Nomination is December 31

Please log on to the UMSAT Show Website to buy your tickets for the Awards Banquet Dinner ASAP.  You do not want to miss out on a great event!

Please hurry to reserve you seat at  the Awards Banquet by clicking on this link.


Below are the Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors of the 2014



Please give them the recognition


Patronizing their Businesses and Visiting them at their Stores.



 Please Click on the Logo's Below to Gain Access to their Websites


Platinum - Sponsors for the 2013 UMSAT Show 





Gold - Sponsors for the 2014 UMSAT Show





 Silver - Sponsors for the 2014 UMSAT Show






 Other Information for the 2014 UMSAT Show

 If you would like to learn more about the above sponsors or, to be an exhibitor or sponsor of the 2014 UMSAT Show, please click on the show logo above to view the UMSAT Show website or, contact the Show Committee directly.

We have uploaded many pictures of the 2013 UMSAT Show to our Photo Page.  Please take a moment to check it out by clicking on this link.




The 2013 UMSAT Show and past shows have proved to be amazing shows. 

We hope you will join us for the 2014 UMSAT Show
where you will again be
Amazed and Entertained!!




UMSAT Show Committee

Show Cell 612-567-3305612-567-3305





Week of January 6, 2014

Membership has it's privileges. Not only are you helping to celebrate, explore and preserve maritime heritage, you also get to enjoy all the many exciting maritime events we have planned for 2014. Please feel free to pass this email along to fellow boat nerds, friends or colleagues. Thank you.


The LSMMA has revised our process for membership cards this year.  We will be printing new cards that will be mailed this month. The new cards will have your name, membership level and last renewed date .  Please email us if you see any corrections or changes.  We hope you will enjoy the new cards. We are also in the process of providing new benefits for our members. Please check back with our web site for updates.
Over 30 members responded right away to our recent invitation to “Ride the Alder.” Those that attended brought back amazing photos from their trip.  We hope to coordinate another ride in the future. Watch your email, our web site and Facebook page for updates.
Please consider helping the LSMMA offset the operation costs of providing our members and maritime enthusiasts with this exciting resource. We are currently working to raise funds for a new web camera that will give our viewers the ability to see ships leaving our port in addition to our current view of ships coming in from the great lake.

Spring Break-Up Drawing
March 2014
LSMMA Members Only

WIN an Ore boat Cruise for two aboard the 1,000-ft. EDWIN H. GOTT. Trip donated by Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakes, Duluth. Each spring we choose a winner from our membership. Drawing will be held when the first Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakes ship goes under the Aerial Lift Bridge. You have to be a current member to be in the drawing! 

Your LSMMA Membership 
If you haven’t renewed your LSMMA Membership -
You can print out a membership renewal form from our website at - or watch your mail, a membership renewal form and envelope for easy return should be arriving any moment. Remember your membership gets you a free chance to win the Spring Break Up Drawing in March!

Become our Friend on Facebook
Help us spread the word and grow our membership.
Check out the Lake Superior Marine Museum Assocation’s Facebook page and be sure to like us.
We share news, information and wonderful photos from visitors.  


Lake Superior Days
Earth Day Celebrations
July 19 and 20, 2014
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, MN
Join us as we celebrate the great lake. Booth activities include kid-friendly fishing games and LSMMA will share information about local and regional maritime-related events. Adults will have the opportunity to purchase Cruise of a Lifetime raffle tickets. Various maritime and maritime-related exhibitors will also be on site sharing information and host family-fun activity stations.

Stop down and visit the activity tables and see what Earth Day really means for our environment.


12th Annual Twin Ports Lighthouse Days
August 6 – 10, 2014
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, MN
Enjoy family-friendly activities at the annual Twin Ports Lighthouse Days. Activities include creating cards with lighthouse stamps, craft lighthouse construction projects, puzzles, an opportunity to learn about maritime signal flags and more. Lighthouse films will be shown several times daily throughout the event.

Summer Field Trip
Summer 2014
Details to come.....we are still planning.
27th Annual Gales of November
Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, MN
Featuring the return of James P. Delgado, Ph. D. Maritime Archaeologist, Director of Maritime Heritage Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Cruise of a Lifetime Drawing
Saturday, November 8
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, MN
Tickets will start going on sale in April so watch for our updates! Drawing to take place after Gales of November speakers – 5:00 p.m.


SS Meteor Spring Work Weekend
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014
Superior, WI
The Lake Superior Marine Museum in conjunction with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society and Superior Public Museums seek volunteers for the SS Meteor Spring Work Weekend. Come join the fun and help maintain the last whaleback ship designed by Captain Alexander McDougall. A complimentary lunch will be provided on Saturday. For more information, or if you can volunteer, please contact Sarah at Superior Public Museums - 715-394-5712.
LSMMA is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 to preserve the region’s maritime history.  It also helps support the Marine Museum at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center.  The association sponsors maritime-related educational and promotional programs and assists in the maintenance and purchase of museum displays.  For more information, call LSMMA at 218 727-2497 or visit If you  no longer wish to receive emails from LSMMA, please reply to this message with the words – do not email. Thank you. Office Hours - Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Copyright © 2014 Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.
Our mailing address is:
Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
177 Po Box
duluth, MN 55801

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Shipwreck Found in Lake Superior Near Marquette Michigan

Henry B Smith

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Co. Collection

Please click on below link to read more.......

The GLSPS 2013 Project Closing Reports

Please take a minute to check out the GLSPS 2012 Project Reports by clicking on the "2013 Project Reports" field on the left side of the Website.  You will find that the projects were very educational and fun.


Please don't hesitate to register for a project next year.






The GLSPS 2013 Spring and Fall Newsletters are both available for your viewing  and or Printing.


After receiving an email indicating the newsletters are available, please log in as a member,  click on "Documents" on left.  Then find "Newsletters".  Click on "View Documents".  Locate both "2013 Spring and Fall Newsletters".  Click on "Download".  You will be able to view the full color pdf of the Newsletter.  You can also download and print a color copy of the Newsletter to take with you.


News Stories

Please click on "NEWS" (on left) then to News Stories to read an update as to what's been happening in the GLSPS










Website Updated Wednesday April 22, 2014

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