Ship Shaped Buildings (page 4)

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Boat and Lighthouse
Sarasota, FL
This Boat and Lighthouse were built for Art Rowe who was the former boat captain for John Ringling of circus fame. The boat was built in 1933 by Oliver Blackburn, a master shipbuilder, as Rowe's house. It continued to be used as a residence until recently. The building now houses a bed and breakfast. The lighthouse was built a few years after the boat to create more space. It is octagonal in shape and 100 feet tall. [map]

Boat-shaped House
Fernandina Beach, FL
This Boat-shaped House is located near the marina. Does anyone know when it was built?

Good Ship Grace
Los Angeles, CA
The Good Ship Grace was built in 1941. It was used as the home and studio for preacher Paul Myers' Haven of Rest radio broadcasts. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pardee Sea Scout Base
Marina Del Rey, CA
The Pardee Sea Scout Base was designed by Weldon J. Fulton and built in 1975. It is located in Burton Chace Park. The building was used by the local Boy Scout and Sea Scout troops. The L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors took over the property in 2002 and renamed it The Boathouse. The building is currently being renovated. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Karl's Cuisine Cafe
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Lockside Golf
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Karl's Cuisine Cafe opened in 2003. This building is probably older than that. It was obviously built to resemble a giant ship like those that pass through the Soo Locks across the street. Does anyone know what this building housed originally? [map]

Lockside Golf is located next door to Karl's. It features a boat-shaped ticket office and a mini lighthouse. [map]

Fuze Sports
Sunset Beach, CA
Fuze Sports occupied this tugboat-like building when these photos were takn in 2013. It previously housed Duffy Electric Boat Company. By 2015, the building was housing Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals. Does anyone know when this was built and what business was here originally? [map]

Palace Showboat [gone]
Stockton, CA
Far West Casino & Restaurant
Hardin, MT
The Palace Showboat was part of the Pollardville complex which opened in 1957 and closed in 2007. The ghost town/Western-themed complex was built around the Chicken Kitchen restaurant to draw in passing motorists. The Showboat was used for entertainment (theatre, music, and dancing). It was originally constucted in 1965 but I'm not sure if it had it's riverboat look then. Pollardville was demolished in 2010 and will be replaced with houses and a strip mall. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Far West Casino & Restaurant features a ship-shaped building. [map]

Fin 'n' Feather Showboats
Winneconne, WI
The Fin 'n' Feather Showboats features a simulated riverboat built on the Wolf River. The restaurant opened in 1922 as Korn's Tavern. In 1957, new owners renamed the restaurant and bar as the Fin 'n' Feather. There was a major fire in 1987. The restaurant was rebuilt to look like a riverboat at that time. In 1990, new owners renamed it the Fin 'n" Feather Showboats. In addition to the restaurant, the business features riverboat cruises and private charter cruises. [map]

Terrible's St Jo Frontier Casino
St. Joseph, MO
S.S. Delta Dogs [gone]
Vicksburg, MS
Terrible's St Jo Frontier Casino is a riverboat casino on the edge of the Missouri River. It was built in 1998 as a "boat in a moat" and does not leave the shore. For more, see this website. [map]

S.S. Delta Dogs is a hot dog stand shaped like a paddlewheeler. The skirt around the bottom might indicate that it is moved to different locations. These photos are from 2010. A Google Street View map from 2013 shows it missing. Does anyone know where it is now?

Showboat Bus
Vicksburg, MS
This Showboat Bus was apparently used as a tourist bus at one time. It is now abandoned south of town. I did not make note of the location. Does anyone know where it is or if it's still there?

USS Water Witch
Columbus, GA
The USS Water Witch is a 160 foot long replica of a Civil War ship. It is located next to the National Civil War Naval Museum. This ship was opened to the public in 2009. For more, see this website. [map]

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