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Wreck No. 2: SSSGP 2015
In June 2015, Texas A&M University hosted a field project at Shelburne Bay, Lake Champlain. This field season focused on Wreck 2, a steamboat most likely from the 1830s. After its retirement, the steamer was sunk intentionally to provide a wooding dock for the working steamboats (as evidenced by mountains of stone!). The site at Shelburne Bay, occupying an area only 100m by 150m, contains three steamers all built in the 1830s. These excellent archaeological examples provide us with a concentrated look into the early development of steamboat construction in North America’s inland waterways.
Along with manual recording by archaeologists, the team applied photogrammetric recording to Wreck 2 (Agisoft PhotoScan). The goal of this recording was to create an accurate 1/1 scale constrained model to use as archaeological data. To create a 1/1 scale constrained model, the team applied Direct Survey Methods (SiteRecorder) and collected 107 measurements to establish a local coordinate system.