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Note: The Robert Wallace model is a digital model built in Maya not a photogrammetry model. Due to its depth and poor visibility 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.


 Robert Wallace Database Information

Basic Information

Name(s) Robert Wallace
Registry  U.S.
Official Number 110518
Vessel Type Bulk Carrier
Builder W.H. Radcliffe.
Place Built Cleveland, OH
Date Built 1880
Hull Material Wood


Length  209 ft
Width  36 ft
Depth  18 ft

Vessel History

History The Robert Wallace typically towed the barge David Wallace named for the brother of Robert Wallace.  On the fatal day of November 17, 1902 the Wallace departed Superior, Wisconsin towing the barge Ashland — both loaded with iron ore.  About four hours out of Superior it sprang a leak and started sinking.  Some accounts say the tow pulled off the stern post and others say it hit a log.  The stern post is still intact so that appears to be incorrect, but there is a crack or separation in the hull that appears to run up the fantail and across the port side of the deck.  Whether caused by hitting a log or during the sinking or just old age may never be determined.
Disposition; foundered off Knife River, MN, Crew rescued by barge Ashland and tug Edna G. from Two Harbors
Source; HCGL, Superior Trips Website

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Wreck Site Information

Lake Superior
State or Province Minnesota
Depth 240′

GPS Coordinates 4650.819’N   9143.729′ W 
Site Description: The wreck lies mid lake near the shipping lanes off of Knife River, MN.  

Model Information

Modeler Information

Modeler Kenneth Merryman
Date Completed December 2008
Hours of input to complete 100 hrs

Technical Information

Model Information

Software Used – Maya 2014
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