Commissioned of the Boucher Manufacturing Company of New York, a high quality model company, this model was presented to Colonel John H. Poole by the Great Lakes Shipbuilding Company upon his resignation as Director in 1917 to rejoin the military for World War I service.
Model is in its original brass frame case with mirror backing and interior oak wood supports. Its 35-cargo holds show as 70 in the illusionary width of the full ship. It is quite a large size for this early period of an ore shipper upon the Great Lakes.
Of interest is the fact that Mrs. Poole was the sister of William E. Boeing, who made his first fortune in the iron ore trade and went on to found the famous aviation company.
Provenance: Colonel John H. Poole; Private Los Angeles Collection.
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