Excelsior 3D Interactive Model – Year 2020

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Stern-wheeler Excelsior
by 3DShipwrecks
on Sketchfab

  Model Video Clip

 Excelsior Database Information

Basic Information

Name(s) George, Excelsior
Registry  N/A
Official Number N/A
Vessel Type Stern-Wheeler
Builder M. J. Godfrey and Sons, with George Day
Place Built St. Albans Bay, Minnesota
Date Built 1901
Hull Material Wood


Length  125 ft
Width 22 ft

Vessel History

Rebuilds – 1904 Redesigned and rebuilt changing name from George to Excelsior
History Launched as the George in 1901 it was redesigned and renamed to the Excelsior in 1904.  She operated on Lake Minnetonka, becoming one of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company excursion vessels in 1906. By 1909 business was dying out, so on August 9, 1909 with 5,000 people paying to watch the Excelsior was towed to the middle of the lake and burned to make money as a spectacle.
Disposition Burned and scuttled 1909
Source NPS National Register of Historic Places MPDF by Merriman, Olson
Complete Historic Information Link  

Wreck Site Information

Lake Minnetonka
State or Province Minnesota
GPS Coordinates 44°56.396’ N  93°33.475’ W
Site Description: The wreck lies in 50 ft of water north of Big Island in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Cabins are gone and all that survives is the deck with many truss-rods and the stern-wheel support beams.  A flag pole and H bitt also survives near the bow.

Model Information


Photographer Kenneth Merryman
Date Completed Feb. 20, 2020
Time it took to capture 23 min

Modeler Information

Modeler Kenneth Merryman
Contact Information 
Date Completed  Feb 27, 2020, Still In Progress
Hours of input to complete 6 hrs

Technical Information


Camera – Canon 5d Mark IV in a Nauticam Housing with an 8” Dome Port
Lens – Canon EF Zoom 16-35mm set at 20mm
Sensor – 36.0 x24.0mm Cmos 30.4 megapixel
Multi-Camera Rig – No
Camera Propulsion – Diver,
 Video or Stills – Stills
Number of images Submitted – 3016
Image resolution (pixels) 6720 x4480
Lighting – Artificial
Number of lights – 4
If known Kelvin Temperature CRI 90
Light Output Lumens 2×5000, 2×3500

Model Information

Software Used – Agisoft Standard Edition Version 1.6.1 Build 100009
Data Format – .jpg
No of Source Images used 2525
Are these images original or adjusted; Original
Portion of the site covered: Partial This model covers most of the outside area of the deck and stern.  Missing center and part of port gunwale.

Publishing Restrictions

Licensing Usage Restrictions CC BY-ND
Attributed to: 3DShipwrecks.org

Resource Data in Database

Model  Yes
Source Images  Still
Still Images No
Video Clip No
Processing Report Yes
Camera Calibration .xml Yes