Appears to be made of hard woods, with steel keel, painted metal part, chains, wires. Very creative use of parts that would have been readily available for home use.
The steel keel would provide stability as a. Pond boat, but it's very heavy.With the painted black wood base, both weigh about 10.3 lbs. Fun, detailed work includes hand-made ladder, hatches, side rails with wire safety supports, lifeboats, smoke stacks, rudder, etc.
I suspect this was built by a seaman or sea-woman familiar with Great Lakes construction. Sorry, I've no idea who Frank Seither was, nor does he show up in the US Great Lakes ships records.Perhaps it was the name of the model boat builder? There are many flaws, which made this really wonderful. Some paint has rubbed or flaked off. The keel has been hammered and scraped - suggesting usage, perhaps as a pond boat? Some paint has crackles - really cool looking and authentic. The hand lettering is uneven. I will pack this very carefully to prevent damage, which is why the box is so large. And, it's a heavy model. The item "Vintage hand-made Great Lakes model pond boat Frank Seither ore ship" is in sale since Sunday, February 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Model Ships". The seller is "beacbum" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.