Niagara Side-wheel Steamer 3D Interactive Model – Year 2021

Niagara Side-wheel Steamer Database Information

Basic Information

Name(s)  Niagara (Side-wheel Steamer)
Registry  U.S.
Official Number 
Vessel Type Side-wheel Steamer
Year Built 1845
Year Sank 1856
Hull Material Wood
Masts 0
Engine(s) None


Length 225 ft
Width  34 ft
Depth  14 ft

Vessel History

Rebuilds/Renames  None
History The Niagara was built in 1845 for New York & Erie Railway Co, Erie PA. Collingwood Line. On September 22, 1856 it departed Collingwood with 300 passengers. Two days later it caught on fire and sank off Belgium, WI. killing 60 passengers and crew.
Disposition Burned and sank off Belguim,WI. in Lake Michigan killing 60 passengers and crew.
Complete Historic Information Link –

Wreck Site Information

Depth 55’
GPS Coordinates 43° 29.310′  N 087° 46.490′ W
Site Description: The mangled engine and parts of the sidewheels lie in 55′ of water near Port Washington, WI.  A portion of the bottom and sides of the ship are also on site. The walking beam and engine cylinders can be identified on the site.  The boilers are not in the model and are located a distance north of the wreck.

Model Information


Photographer Kenneth Merryman
Year Completed 8/2021
Time it took to capture 30 min

Modeler Information

Modeler Ken Merryman
Date Completed August 2021
Hours of input to complete 4 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
Sensor – 36.0 x24.0mm Cmos 30.4 megapixel
Multi-Camera Rig – No
Camera Propulsion – DPV
 Video or Stills – Stills
Number of images Submitted – 1907
Image resolution (pixels) 6720 x4480
Lighting – Artificial & Natural
Number of lights – 4
If known Kelvin Temperature CRI 90
Light Output Lumens 2×10000 2×5000

Model Information

Software Used Agisoft Standard Edition Version 1.7.1 Build 11797
Data Format .jpg converted from RAW
Number of Source Images used – 1903
Are these images original or adjusted; Adjusted
Portion of the site covered: Complete, except for boiler and other piece lying a distance from the main wreckage.

Publishing Restrictions

Licensing Usage Restrictions CC BY-ND
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Resource Data in Database

Model  Yes
Source Images  Yes
Source CC .jpg
Number of Still Images 1907
Video Clip None
Processing Report Yes
Camera Calibration .xml Yes


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