Muskegon (Peerless)

Muskegon (Peerless) Shipwreck

Indiana University Center for Underwater Science conducted
underwater archaeological investigation of the historic shipwreck
Muskegon (Peerless) to produce an accurate 3D photogrammetric model, which
will help to identify significant remaining features and their respective
sensitivity. The results of this investigation and computer vision
photogrammetry can be used for baseline monitoring and
management, as well as an interpretive model for outreach and

Built in 1872 as the Peerless, the Muskegon was a steamship that
operated on the Great Lakes until it was abandoned in 1911. Having
functioned as a passenger freighter, a lumber-hooker, and a sandsucker
during its service, the Muskegon represents important
innovations in engineering, commerce, transportation, and industry.
Following former Indiana State Archaeologist Gary Ellis’ initial 1987
documentation of the shipwreck, the Muskegon became the first
shipwreck in the state of Indiana accepted to the National Register of
Historic Places for its significance in late 19th/ early 20th century Great
Lakes naval history. Since 2016, Indiana University has been
conducting ongoing direct diver and photogrammetric surveys to
assist with the management decisions and support public outreach
with funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake
Michigan Coastal Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric