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Note: The Robert Wallace model is a digital model built in Maya not a photogrammetry model. Due to its depth it is doubtful we will have a photogrammetry model of this shipwreck in the near future. This digital model is very accurate based on what is on the site and was used as part of the nomination for the National Register of Historic Places.

Harriet B Database Information

Basic Information

Name(s) Shenango No. 2, Pere Marquette 16, Muskegon, Harriet B
Registry  U.S.
Official Number 116695
Vessel Type Railroad Car Ferry, Pulp Barge
Builder Craig Ship Building Co.
Place Built Toledo, OH
Date Built 1895
Hull Material Wood
Engine – None


Length 282 ft
Width  53 ft
Depth  19 ft

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted to barge in 1921
History  Built as wooden car ferry named Shenango No. 2 in 1895 with twin engines on the stern and single on bow the for breaking ice. Operated on Lake Erie between Conneaut and Port Dover until 1897 then leased and moved to Lake Michigan where it was sold and renamed several times having a long career as a railroad car ferry.  In 1918 the ship was bought by Hammermill Paper Company renamed to Harriet B after the owner Ernst Berhrend’s daughter.  Her operational status was changed to freight operating between Erie PA and Lake Superior.  She would carry pulpwood downbound and return with coal.  In 1921 she was converted to a barge and her center cabins were removed.  On May 3, 1922 while under the tow of C.W. Jacob and with a second barge Crete trailing behind, they were lying off Two Harbors, MN in the fog when they were rammed by the steamer Quincy Shaw of the Hanna Line out of Superior WI.  Harriet B sank with no loss of life.
Disposition Sank in a collision with the Quincy Shaw while lying off Two Harbors, MN waiting for the fog to lift.  She sank with no loss of life.
Source National Register of Historic Places Registration Form; HCGL; U. of Detroit Marine Historical Collection Record of Great Lakes Ships.
Complete Historic Information Link

Wreck Site Information

Lake Superior
State or Province 
GPS Coordinates 46° 57.347’ N / 91° 37.895’ W
Site Description: The wreck lies in 656 ft of water four miles east of Two Harbors, MN in Lake Superior.  The wreck is the most intact shipwreck in Minnesota waters.  It lies upright and on a heading of 153 degrees.  The hull except for the collision point is totally intact.  The forward cabins below the forecastle deck are intact.  The pilot house is came off and drifted to the beach at Knife River at the time of sinking.  The walls of the captain’s quarters below the pilot house are extant but collapsed outward.  The aft cabins below the main deck are also intact.  Some of the paint is still on the wreck and traces of the names can still be discerned on both the sides and stern of the ship.

Model Information

Photographer Information

Photographer Jerry Eliason, Kraig Smith, Ken Merryman
Date Completed  2013
Time it took to capture 8 hours (Reference Video Only)

Modeler Information

Modeler Kenneth Merryman
Date Completed December 2013
Hours of input to complete 100 hrs

Technical Information

Model Information

Software Used – Maya 2012
Data Format – 
No of Source Images used none
Are these images original or adjusted;
Portion of the site covered: This digital Maya model covers the entire site.

Publishing Restrictions

Licensing Usage Restrictions CC BY-ND
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Resource Data in Database

Model  Yes
Source Images  Reference Video Only
Still Images None
Video Clip Yes