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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society

Upper Midwest Scuba Adventure and Travel Show!


The Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel show, sponsored by the GLSPS, is now planing for the 2016 show.  The planned date of the 2016 UMSAT Show is Saturday, March 12, 2016.

It will be held at a new hotel venue the "RAMADA" in Bloomington, MN (by the Mall of America).
Please Note:  The 2016 UMSAT Show information will be added as we produce the new show advertising and registering material.  
Here is the UMSAT Show 2016 Promotions Available: 
2. UMSAT Show 2016 Poster
3. Exhibitors Contract


For more information on the upcoming 2016 show, such as purchasing tickets, booking a hotel room, Advanced show tickets and Awards Banquet tickets, please click on this link.  if the information is not up yet, please check back weekly for any additional content.




If you are interested in joining the planing Committee, please contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber.  Our contact information is in the "Contact Us" field above,  Or, you can email us at,  If you always wanted to be a star or champion performing the duties of a chairperson of a very rewarding Committee, please let us know. 


We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving experiences.  If you or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at any future UMSAT Shows, please let us know!

If you would like to volunteer to help plan the UMSAT show or help the day of the show, please contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber by clicking on the "Contact Us" field on the website.  




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Please check out the most beautiful Magazine Ever Produced in Northern Minnesota!

Lake Superior Magazine has become our first "Watchman" Membership at the Gales of November Conference.

Click on above Logo to see their website and purchase a subscription to this great Magazine.




GLSPS Project Sponsors





Scott and Tracy from "Air Down There Scuba" are offing free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment for anyone participating in a GLSPS project!






Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center are offing free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment for anyone participating in a GLSPS project.  they have also loaned the GLSPS a Mini "Go Pro" HD Video Camera for a couple of projects.  Thank you Steve and Jolene!!  
Here are three videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center.  They were filmed in Lake Michigan on a charter they offer in Milwaukee.  Please view the videos and if interested in joining them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks, please click on above Logo for further information.


Prins Willem

The Dredge 906














Jay Hanson from "Superior Scuba Charters" and "North Shore Scenic Cruises" helped the GLSPS on many projects in the past.  Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diving.  Jay is the GLSPS Access Chairman.  His duties include making sure all the shipwreck access buoy's are in place along the north shore of Lake Superior.  Thanks Jay!!


Jay has taken a different path for the past two years and his scuba  charters are no longer available.  However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Winona which was used to transport people from Grand Portage MN to Isle Royale MI.  He now has available day cruises on the North Shore of Lake Superior and is docked at the Silver Bay MN Marina.  If you are interested in booking a day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the Logo above to obtain more information on how you can join in on a north shore day cruise.



2015 Thomas Wilson Invasive Species Monitoring Project

September 26 - 27, 2015


October 3 - 4, 2015

Tools Used to Count Mussels

Photo taken by Jack Decker


To learn more about the two proposed projects and how to participate, please click on link below
Thomas Wilson Monitoring And Cleanup Project Event 2015 - 10/3/2015
Please join us for this EXCITING Project!!


McDougall’s Dream is Saturday

September 27, 2015!

Please join us for an Educational and Fun Event

Alexander McDougall


This year marks the 10th annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.

In the late 1880s he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whaleback.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whalebacks in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whaleback ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.


McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 27 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. with topics ranging from shipwrecks to shipbuilding. The evening events start at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, dinner catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ, a silent auction, and keynote speaker Pamela Brunfelt, Iron Range historian from Ely, Minnesota. Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.

The cost is $15 for the daytime talks, $40 for the evening dinner and keynote speaker, or $45 for a combination ticket for daytime and evening events.

For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.

  • Superior Public Museums, Inc.

Operating three historical sites in the city of Superior, Wisconsin.

Fairlawn Mansion, an authentically restored 1890 Victorian House Museum.

SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, the world's last remaining above-water Whaleback ship.

Old Firehouse and Police Museum, the last of Superior's 19th Century Fire Halls.

  • Contact Us

Superior Public Museums
906 East 2nd Street
Superior, WI 54880

Call: 715-394-5712

SPM Business Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round

       We Invite you to join us on a Project!     

The 2015 Programs and Projects Schedule is Now Completed and Ready for Members to Register for the Project.

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

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 next to your name and after you login.
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.

Mail In Membership / Renewal Form


Please "Scroll Up" or "Down" this page for more details on upcoming projects throughout the season or click on "Events Calendar" to see the dates projects are scheduled.  You can also navigate through the website by clicking on "Menus" which are located on the left side of the website.


Please Join us by Becoming a Member

Here is a video clip from a project in the Apostle Islands.  This is what the GLSPS does as a group.  Our friend, colleague, videographer and founder of the GLSPS, Ken Merryman has produced many hours of underwater video to help document and 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.

It's very easy to become a member!
You can click on the link above or you can click on the "Member Signup / Renewal" button which is located in the Menu selections on the upper left hand side of this web page.  Please fill in the (secured) fields and select payment.  

GLSPS Member Benefits

1. Two newsletters per year
2. Membership log on, Username and Password.  This will be issued when signing up as a member.
3. An exclusive members view of the interactive website including emails from the GLSPS to further inform the members of upcoming events.
4. The opportunity to participate in the many exciting and rewarding projects aboard our research vessel the RV Preservation.
5. An Annual BBQ and Cruise on the RV Preservation during the launch weekend.

6. A variety of training classes and programs the GLSPS offers for members.
7. Discounts on equipment rentals and free air for those members participating in a project.
8. Discounts on dive equipment purchased from you local Dive Shops that participate in the Annual Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show.

9. An "Annual General Membership Meeting" held in the fourth quarter of the year. (Typically in November).
10. A chance to help the Society as an active member and, to learn new things to help you be more of a dynamic person at your careers and your everyday life.
The most you will get out of being a member is the amazing 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.
The GLSPS website, email function will provide many email announcements such as,  Newsletters, Meetings, Schedules, Programs and Projects and any other GLSPS activities and general 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.

So please join us in the fun helping preserve maritime history by clicking on the membership level you prefer. 
Membership Levels:
(The below links 1 - 7 only work for Non Members)

If you prefer to become a member by sending a check instead of using a credit card, you can do so by printing this simple form.  Please click on the Button below, print out the form, fill in the fields.  Please enclose the form in an envelope with a check "Paid to the Order of "GLSPS Membership" 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.











The Show is Now Over

Thank you to All That Attended
  The Show Was - Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Show Started with Friday Night at the Movies, March 20, 2015
from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Yes, we changed the date.  It was highly recommended by many show goers to change the date to a later date.  We listened to your concerns and made the change.  The date change for the UMSAT Show was well received!   

If you attended the show, please Let Us Know How We Did by Answering
a Few Questions in the Survey

  UMSAT Show 2015 Survey


To learn more about the UMSAT Show, please log onto the UMSAT Show website by clicking on the link below.

UMSAT Show Website

If you have any need for training, dive gear, repair services, tropical dive trips or charters to the great lakes, please use any of the sponsors listed below.  You can click on any of the logos 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 "Contact Us" and send the show Chairman (Ken Merryman) an email.
A free UMSAT Show t-shirt is given to all volunteers!!

Awards Banquet 2015

After the show, 

Divers, Historians, show speakers and shipwreck enthusiasts joined us to socialize, have dinner and

  honor our 2015 GLSPS Dive Industry Award Winners
Attendees also enjoyed a encore presentation from Dr James Delgado about his "Sea Hunting Experiences"



Below are the Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors of the 2015



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 2015 UMSAT Show 





Gold - Sponsors for the 2015 UMSAT Show


 MidWest School of Diving



 Silver - Sponsors for the 2015 UMSAT Show


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Family Scuba Bubble Blast LLC Logo



Other Information about the UMSAT Show


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




The 2015 UMSAT Show and past shows have proved to be amazing shows. 

We hope you will join us for the 2016 UMSAT Show
where you will again be
Amazed and Entertained!!


 Our 2016 UMSAT Show will be March 11, 12, 2016 at the Ramada Hotel

(Near the Mall of America). 

Please Mark your Calendars!!


UMSAT Show Committee

Show Cell 612-567-3305


The GLSPS 2014 Project Closing Reports



Please take a moment to check out the GLSPS 2014 Project Reports to see what was accomplished by clicking on the "2014 Project Reports" menu on the left side of the Website. 


You will find that the projects were professional, educational and fun.


Some project reports are not completed.  Please check back from time to time.









Website Updated Monday September 21, 2015

List of Website Updates by Date