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Database Information Shipwreck Herman H. Hettler

Basic Information

Name(s)  Herman H. Hettler aka Walter Vail
Registry  US
Official Number  81263
Vessel Type Propeller
Year Built 1890
Year Sank
Hull Material Wood
Engines None


Length  200 ft
Width  35 ft
Depth  13.25 ft

Vessel History

Complete Historic Information Linkhttps://greatlakes.bgsu.edu/item/440394https://www.michiganpreserves.org/alger-underwater-preserve/

Wreck Site Information

Lake Superior
State or Province Michigan
40 ft
GPS Coordinates 46° 29.033′  N 086° 35.892′ W ; 46° 28.924′  N 086° 35.979′ W
Site Description The Herman Hettler is badly broken and the site consists of two separate major wreckage fields shown in the two separate models. Site one is the bottom of the stern of the ship showing part of the engine bed and a side of the ship and rudder. Site two includes a small piece of the side of the ship plus a major collection of mostly broken ship machinery parts including the engine cylinders, boilers, valves, connecting rods, crank shaft, piping, heating radiators, lifeboat davits, a toilet, and bathtub.

Model Information


Photographer(s) Andrew Goodman
Year Captured August 2023
Time it took to capture 30 min

Modeler Information

Modeler Ken Merryman
Date Completed 3-2024
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 8-15mm set at 15 mm
Multi-Camera Rig – No
Camera Propulsion – DPV
Video or Stills – Stills
Number of images Submitted – 2,424
Image resolution (pixels) 6720 x4480
Lighting – Artificial & Natural
Number of lights – 4
Light Output Lumens 2×10000, 2×5000

Model Information

Software Used Agisoft Metashape Professional Version 1.8.0 Build 13794
Data Format .jpg converted from RAW
Number of Source Images used – 1,346, 1,075
Are these images original or adjusted; Adjusted
If Scale Bars, calibration length – 3.0 ft
Portion of the site covered: Complete but likely other scattered wreckage in the area.

Publishing Restrictions

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

Resource Data in Database

Model  Yes
Source Images  Yes
Source CC .jpg
Number of Still Images 2,424
Video Clip None
Processing Report Yes
Camera Calibration .xml Yes