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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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March 2 - 3, 2018

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
(Including Awards Banquet)

New Location!

Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington

 
For more information on the 2017 UMSAT show, please visit www.umsatshow.org

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at info@umsatshow.org or contact Ken Merryman or Phil Kerber.

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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GLSPS Project Sponsors



Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. 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. 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
Lumberman



Jay Hanson from Superior Scuba Charters and North Shore Scenic Cruises has helped the GLSPS on many projects. Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diver.

Jay has taken a different path for the past few years and his scuba charters are no longer available. However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Wenonah which was previously used to transport people from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale, MI. He now offers 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 for information on joining a north shore day cruise.

HomeWreck Buoys

Shipwreck Mooring Buoys

 
The GLSPS maintains mooring buoys for various shipwrecks along the North Shore of Lake Superior with the help of several local diving organizations, stores, and individuals.
 
Mooring buoys on shipwrecks serve several purposes:
  • Improve diver access to the shipwrecks by making the wrecks easier to find.
  • Improve the safety of the dives by insuring that divers have a descent and ascent line that won't disappear like an anchor line can if the anchor breaks loose.
  • Eliminate potential anchor damage to the shipwreck which can happen over time as many groups of divers have to grapple the wreck with their anchors.
GLSPS does the work to get authorization from the US Coast Guard and Minnesota DNR.  We buy the buoys and mooring hardware, and get the mooring installed.  We then find a partner who has a regular presence on the site to do the annual installation and removal of the buoy and to monitor the condition of the mooring over the season.  These buoys are funded in part by a grant from the PADI Aware Foundation and the DNR.

We have also assisted the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association in placing mooring blocks and buoys on the shipwrecks of the Pretoria and the Sevona located in the Apostle Islands.
 
Wreck Buoy Status GPS Coordinates
Hesper
Set June 20, 2017 after repair and new hardware
Scheduled and removed September 09 - 10, 2017
47o 16.25' N
91o 16.30' W
Just For Fun
Not Planned
 47o 15.56' N
 91o 17.15' W
Madeira (Stern)
Set June 20, 2017
Scheduled and removed September 09 - 10, 2017
  47o 12.360' N
  91o 21.480' W
Madeira (Bow)
Set July 20, 2017 with new buoy and new hardware
Scheduled and removed September 09 - 10, 2017
 47o 12.360' N
 91o 21.485' W
S.P. Ely
Set June 18, 2017
Scheduled and removed September 09 - 10, 2017
 47o 00.699' N
 91o 40.684' W
 
Here is a link to the Photo Page of how the Shipwreck Access Buoys are configured:  Access Buoy Program
 
 
If you find any information on this page to be inaccurate, please notify the Access/Buoys Chairperson.