Ship Shaped Buildings (page 5)

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Ripley's Believe It or Not
Panama City Beach, FL
This Ripley's Believe It or Not museum is housed in a shipwrecked ocean liner named the U.S.S Ripley. It was built in 2006. For more, see this website. [map]

Titanic Branson
Branson, MO
Titanic Branson is housed in half-scale replica of the Titanic ocean liner. It was built in 2006. This tourist attraction allows guests to relive the last hours of that fateful voyage. A second location was built in Pigeon Forge, TN in 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises
Watkins Glen, NY
Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises, a sightseeing boat company, was established in 1963. This faux ship is located next to Lake Seneca. [map]

Hurricane Camille
Gift Shop [gone]
Gulfport, MS
Sinking Ship
Seattle, WA
Restaurant Miami Deli
Montréal, QC
Normally, I don't include real boats in this section but rather buildings constructed to look like ships. But I'll include the Hurricane Camille Gift Shop since it was such an icon. This 72 foot long tugboat was blown ashore by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and turned into a tourist attraction. While the boat itself survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the gift shop addition was destroyed. Then in 2008, the ship itself was demolished. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

This parking garage is nicknamed the Sinking Ship. It was designed by Mandeville & Berge and built in 1965. [map]

The Restaurant Miami Deli has this giant boat installed in their parking lot. It appears to be purely sculptural rather than functional. Does anyone know its history? [map]

Riverboat Saloon
Shartlesville, PA
The Riverboat Saloon is an example of a "real" ship placed far from the water. Built in 1980 in MN, the "Suwannee Belle" was used off the coast of NJ and NY before being decommissioned in 1991. There was a failed attempt to turn it into a restaurant and it was later moved to Tuckahoe, NJ. It then sat in storage until 2003 when it was bought and brought to this spot. The owner of the Towne Crier Cafe next door wanted to put it in a pond with a beach and use the boat as a tiki bar. Apparently, those plans never materialized. In 2006, the restaurant next to the ship reopened as the "Riverboat Saloon". The first two photos are from 2006. The third photo is from 2012 when the ship had weathered a bit. [map]

Ship Ashore
Smith River, CA
The Ship Ashore gift shop is a real ship adapted for use on land. This 156 foot long ship was built in 1925 as a private yacht. In 1941, it served in the Navy as the USS Garnet. There is also a small museum inside the ship with WWII artifacts, items relating to local history, etc. For more, see this website. [map]

USS Neversail
San Diego, CA
The USS Neversail, officially known as the USS Recruit, is a two-thirds scale model of a Destroyer Escort. It was built in 1949 and used to instruct Navy recruits. It was the first of three ships built like this. The ones in Port Deposit, MD and Orlando, FL have been destroyed. The San Diego ship is no long in use. It is hoped that it may be turned into a museum. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Ship-Shaped Buildings:
Pirate Ship (Gulf Shores, AL)
Canyon King Pizzeria (Page, AZ)
Welcome Center (Darien, GA) [vintage; gone]
former Barber Ship (Bonners Ferry, ID)
Center for Maritime Education (Paducah, KY)
Treasure Bay Casino (Biloxi, MS) [gone]
CSS Neuse replica (Kinston, NC)
Castaway Cove (Ocean City, NJ)
Holiday Casino (Las Vegas, NV) [gone]
Showboat Casino: 1, 2 (Las Vegas, NV) [gone]
Showboat Motel: 1, 2 (Himrod, NY)
House (Morehouse, NY)
Steamers Espresso (Blaine, WA)
Pirate Ship (Bonduel, WI)
Queen Elizabeth Love Hotel (Kanagawa, Japan)

For more ships, see my Ship Restaurants section.

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