Herman Chapman has done a series of many of the lightships that have
served around the Great Lakes, above are a few. All the models are found at the
Huron Lightship Museum.
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. More...
photo Port Huron Times Herald
All uncredited photos are from the Chapman family albums.
Models, general information
Herman Chapman has made a very few models for sale in the past. At this stage in his life he
has decided to concentrate on only those models he wants to do. He is not accepting any further
requests for models. More...
Lightships have been used anywhere it wasn't possible to build a lighthouse. They have been replaced by
buoys over the years. More...
This was the first government lightship to be stationed on the Great Lakes. This
is the most mysterious of the Great Lakes lightships, simply from the passage of time
and incomplete records. More...
The vessel has
graceful lines for a bulk freighter. She was the first major Great Lakes Vessel built following
World War II in 1949. Her length is 671 feet and as of 2015 she was still working the Lakes. More...
steamer Tashoo was once considered the fastest vessel on the lakes.
It surprises many local residents unfamiliar with Great Lakes history
to find out there were once thriving excursion and travel routes all along the Lakes.
The Tashmoo frequented the cities around eastern and southeastern Michigan, northern
Ohio, and neighboring areas of Canada. More...
Two Mackinaw Icebreakers
Two Coast Guard icebreaker have served the Great Lakes with the name Mackinaw. The first designated
WAGB-30 served from 1941 to 2006 and is now a museum vessel. The second designated WLB-83
was commissioned in 2006 and is currently serving the Great Lakes. More...
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