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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"

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Attention GLSPS Members and Friends

 Gales of November Conference
 November 7 & 8, 2014 


Week of January 6, 2014

Please Join the GLSPS for the Annual Gales of November Conference. 
We will have the GLSPS booth in the exhibitors hall again this year. We will be introducing our upcoming 2015 UMSAT Show, providing live updating of your memberships, to see the latest in apparel and much camaraderie among the ship nerds and divers. 
 Please visit the LSMMA website to learn more about the conference, register,  and to see this year's speaker lineup.  Please click on the link button provided below.
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 2015. Please stay tuned to this website or the LSMMA website for these upcoming events. 

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
177 Po Box
Duluth, MN 55801

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2014 Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project

September 27 - 28. 2-14


October 4 - 5, 2014


Tools Used to Count Mussels

Photo taken by Jack Decker on the 2013 Project

To learn more about the two proposed projects and how to participate, please click on link below
US Army Corps of Engineers and GLSPS
to Return the S.S. Mataafa Rudder 
to the Cold Waters of Lake Superior
Another Dive Site Has Just Been Created!!
Steve Daniel, PIB Program Chairman, Standing by the Mataafa Rudder
After discussion among the US Army Corps of Engineers, GLSPS, MHS SHPO, DNR, City of Duluth, USCG and others, the Corps of Engineers and GLSPS are going to put a large artifact back in the cold waters of Lake Superior to once again help preserve an artifact.  
We first tried to find a place to display the rudder on land for public view, but it was very large and would cost a lot to preserve it now and in the future.  The GLSPS has a program called the Put-It-Back (PIB) program to help preserve large artifacts such as the Mataafa Rudder by placing it back on the underwater near the shipwreck site to preserve it.
The rudder will be placed in its final resting place Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM near the red can buoy by the old Outer Harbor Breakwater, off shore from the Canal Park Lake walk in Duluth.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Barge will use their Crane to drop the Artifact in the water.  It will represent the shipwreck of the Mataafa that took place near the Duluth Ship Canal back in November 1905 during the Historical and famous "1905 Storm."
At 1:00 PM it will be loaded onto the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Barge and floated out to its special marked area and placed in the waters of Lake Superior again.
Army Corps of Engineers Barge to Carry out the Mataafa Rudder to its Final Resting Place
If you are interested in reading more about this historical Ship and how it suffered its fate, please click on this link.
The GLSPS is grateful to Denise Wolvine, director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park in Duluth for her help in expediting the approval and permit process that need to be completed before the rudder could be returned to the water.  In addition, the GLSPS thanks all the government agencies, including the City of Duluth, for their help in providing a quick turnaround on their approval.  This allowed us to meet a tight schedule for the US Army Corps of Engineers vessel and equipment that were necessary to do the job.  We also appreciated the excellent work of the Captain and crew of the USACE H.J. Swartz and its accompanying tug, the Bill Maer, for their expertise in placing the Mataafa Rudder back in Lake Superior.
The project went well, with the rudder being lowered in a flat horizontal position, so that it would rest flat on the bottom.  Thom Holden, USACE (retired), who previously director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, was on board to record the event.  Watch the Nor'Easter newsletter for the LSMMA for a story by Thom about this event.
The rudder is on an imaginary line exactly between the lighthouse on the Duluth Ship Canal Entry (north pier and the buoy marking the Old Harbor Breakwater cribs.  It is out from the corner of the Lakewalk, sighting on the red brick restroom on shore.  The distance from the red buoy is about 100 yards.  It lies in about 30 feet of water.
If you are interested in learning more about this event, please contact Steve Daniel, the PIB Chairman.  His contact information can be obtained by clicking on the "Contact Us" button on the left side of the GLSPS Website.
Thank you to all who made this possible.  Especially to Denise from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their Crew aboard their special work barge.

GLSPS Board of Directors
Steve Daniel
GLSPS PIB Chairman
Phil Kerber
GLSPS President
GLSPS Fun Dive Event

RV Preservation Docked at the Break-Wall Near the S.P. Ely
Photo By Tim Pranke
Divers on Surface Interval and Enjoying the "Fun Dive"
Photo By Phil Kerber

Diver Getting Ready to Jump In and Descend Onto the Shipwreck
Photo By Jack Decker

To learn more about the event, and have the opportunity to be more active in the Society, please click
on link below to read the detailed description.

If you have any questions or comments about the above event,
please contact the project leader by clicking on the above link.







Announcing the 2015 UMSAT Show 
Saturday, March 21, 2015

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 612-567-3305

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

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


If you would like to be a sponsor of the 2015 UMSAT Show, please contact us ASAP!


Platinum - Sponsors for the 2014 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 2015 UMSAT Show
where you will again be
Amazed and Entertained!!




UMSAT Show Committee

Show Cell 612-567-3305



Please Join us by Becoming a Member

Here is a video clip about what we do as a group and what our friend, colleague and founder of the GLSPS Ken Merryman has done to help preserve our underwater resources and maritime history.
Please View and Print A Membership
Brochure to Learn More About Us
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 Family Members.
3. Watchman - $50.00
4. Boatswain - $100.00 to $199.00
5. Helmsman - $200.00 to $499.00
6. Mate - $500.00 to $999.00
7. 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 are Now Completed for the Season

Please take a moment to review the
"2014 Project Reports" to see what was accomplished on the projects this year.
Some Project Reports are not completed yet.  Please check back from time to time.

The GLSPS hopes Members that have not joined us on a project in the past,
can join us on a 2015 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.





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 Sunday October 19, 2014

List of Website Updates by Date