Ship Shaped Buildings (page 1)

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This section is organized in alphabetical order by state. Most of these structures were built to look like ships and never touched water. A few real ships have been included.

Alabama Ship-Shaped Buildings:
Pirate Ship (Gulf Shores)

S.S. Blinky Jr. Building
Casa Grande, AZ


The S.S. Blinky Jr. was built by C.J. "Blinky" Wilson who had a son in the Navy. It was built in the 1940s as a gas station. There was a neon sign shaped like a lighthouse advertising Beacon Ethyl Gasoline. The back part of the ship had repair bays. The building was used as an auto agency from 1946-1981. The anchor appears to be the original. A smokestack and an exterior staircase to the top level are now missing. Also gone are the tires painted to look like life preservers which were installed on the railing. The building now houses the Ark Mash Store, a thrift store. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [map]

More Arizona Ship-Shaped Buildings:
Canyon King Pizzeria (Page)
Copper Belle (Phoenix) [vintage; gone]

Boat Houses
Encinitas, CA
These Boat Houses were built from wood and cement by Miles Minor Kellogg in the late 1920s. He used salvaged wood from a local hotel and the Moonlight Beach dance house which were demolished in 1928. The S.S. Encinitas and S.S Moonlight are now used as apartments. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Boat House
Marina del Rey, CA
This Boat House was built in 1966. It was probably a single family residence originally. It is now a multi-family house with three units. For more, see this website. [map]

Delta Queen Car Wash
Campbell, CA
The Delta Queen Car Wash was modeled after a Mississippi Riverboat and built in 1972. It is now part of the Classic Car Wash chain. The car wash also featured a statue of a waving captain. He was there in 2008 but gone by 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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]

Palace Showboat [gone]
Stockton, CA
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.

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]

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]

Ship Ashore
Smith River, CA
The Ship Ashore gift shop was 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 was also a small museum inside the ship with WWII artifacts, items relating to local history, etc. The shop closed in 2016. [map]

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