Analyzing Nineteenth-Century Steamboat Rudders on Lake Champlain: Using Photogrammetric Modeling to Aid the Archaeological Process

Author(s): Dan Bishop; Kotaro Yamafune

Year: 2016

Summary

In June 2014, a team of nautical archaeologists working near Lake Champlain's Shelburne Shipyard discovered two eroded but otherwise intact rudders on the wrecks of the steamboats A. Williams (1870) and Burlington (1837). These two rudders, along with the rudder from the Oakes Ames/Champlain II (1868) (currently on display at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum) were manually and photogrammetrically recorded during 2014 and 2015 field seasons.This paper will examine the unique characteristics of the three rudders, and will describe the procedures and challenges faced during the collection of photogrammetric data versus manual recording. Using the former approach archaeologists were able to create 1/1 scale models of each rudder.  These models are excellent tools for both archaeologists and for sharing cultural resources with the general public.

 

Cite this Record

Analyzing Nineteenth-Century Steamboat Rudders on Lake Champlain: Using Photogrammetric Modeling to Aid the Archaeological Process. Dan Bishop, Kotaro Yamafune. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434537)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 944