Seattle, WA -- The first high-resolution, 3D digital model of a perfectly preserved, 100-year-old steamboat was unveiled today. Using a new sonar scanning system provided by BlueView Technologies and OceanGate, the survey, which would have taken years to complete using traditional underwater archaeology techniques, took only days.

Images of the A.J. Goddard, a famous sternwheeler "ghost shipwreck" from the Klondike Gold Rush, are the first 3D views of the frontier-era steamer that disappeared in a winter storm in October 1901. Only two members of the five-man crew survived. Goddard's location remained a mystery for 107 years until it was discovered in 2008 by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at the edge of Lake Laberge, in the subarctic wilderness of Canada's Yukon.

INA partnered with OceanGate and BlueView Technologies on an expedition to create a 3D survey of the wreck, recently designated as a Yukon Historic Site under the Historic Resources Act. The new BlueView scanning system, BlueView BV5000, allows archaeologists to easily scan underwater areas and complex objects significantly advancing researchers' capabilities to complete archaeological surveys of complex targets.

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