Now in his late 80's, Herman Chapman is considered by a number of
museums in the Great Lakes area to be a master model maker because of his obsessive eye for
detail. He has been know to spend month and in some cases years gathering photos and scraps
of information until he has enough to build a vessel at a specific point it her history.
photo Port Huron Times Herald
He learned a many skills from his father who was a carpenter, cabinet maker, farmer, and
full sized wooden model maker for GM at various points. Herman didn't start out with model boats.
His first attempts at ship building was a plywood boat seen here in 1949 off of St. Clair
Shores. Marine grade plywood was new and expensive, so this vessel was standard plywood and
didn't hold up to the elements. It had no name and was simply called "the boat".
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