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.
The image above is the radio controlled model of the Wilfred Sykes off of St John's Marsh in St. Clair County, Michigan.
The model is nearly 7 feet long. It was entered in the Dossin Museum model contest in 1990 and took 1st prize in the powered vessel division. The first few model boats Herman built were equipped for radio control, until an incident with a smaller vessel nearly ended in a scale shipwreck instead of a scale model.