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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit

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

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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Check out the most beautiful magazine ever produced in Northern Minnesota!

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

Jay Hanson from 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 2 hour - day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining him and his staff on a north shore day cruise.

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Gales of November: Shipwreck and Diving Program

The 11th Annual Gales of November shipwreck and diving program will be held in Duluth, Minnesota, on Saturday, November 7th, at the Radisson Hotel. Programs run throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an evening dinner program planned for 6:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own.

Proceeds from this year's event go to the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, which assists the Corps of Engineers in programming and exhibits at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, the most-visited marine museum on the Great Lakes.

Program presenters will be coming from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And there will be displays on diving equipment, charter operations, publications and more, available throughout the day.

Tickets and more information for the 11th Annual Gales of November are available through this year's host: Lake Superior Marine Museum Association, P.O. Box 177, Duluth, MN 55801-0177, or by calling 218-727-2497. Tickets for the day of programming will be available by mail or at the door. However, dinner reservations must be paid for in advance and received by November 1. Day program is $15.00 and the dinner and evening program is $20.00. Payment can be in cash or check payable to Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. Sorry, credit cards cannot be accepted.

A small block of special rate rooms ($59.00 + tax) has been set aside for the 6th and 7th at the Radisson Hotel for conference attendees. Register by calling 218-727-8981 and mention this conference.

Planned programs include the following, subject to change:
  • Great Lakes Underwater: A Diver's Update by C. Patrick Labadie, Director, Corps of Engineers' Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • A Celebration of Statehood: Wisconsin Sesquicentennial as seen Underwater by Jeff Gray and John Jensen, Wisconsin State Underwater Archaeologists, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • A Cold Dark Hart. The story of producing a video documentary on the wreck of the JUDGE HART in northern Lake Superior with dive partner and co-producer Darryl Ertel, presented by Matt Turchi, sport diver, videographer, and wreck researcher from Flint, Michigan.
  • Steam Power: A Diver's Perspective by Ken Merryman, President, Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, Fridley, Minnesota.
  • Isle Royale's General Management Plan: Impacts on Diving and SCUBA Management by Liz Valencia, Branch Chief, Cultural Resources Management, Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, Michigan.
  • Subduction: Ice Diving Beneath the Keweenaw Pressure Ridges, where ice can reach depths of 80 feet, by Bill Reynolds, sport diver from Hancock, Michigan.
  • Matt Turchi will present the dinner program entitled The GUNILDA Project. The story of researching, diving, logistics, filming, and producing a video documentary and research report on one of Ontario's most famous shipwrecks with co-producer and dive partner Darryl Ertel.
Additional information is available by email, just note November Gales in subject area: