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 The  Houseboat on the Rocks!

This ship originally transported iron and coal for Ford Motor Company;
The interior was designed by Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison was a passenger.
The ship was decommissioned in 1981 after nearly 50 years of service.
 
 
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  The ship's forecastle was removed, and positioned on a great piece of waterfront property, with its bow extending out over
Lake Erie for a water-going effect, and then used by its owner as a vacation home.
 
  From the time it was built in 1924, the boat was also used to transport coal and iron ore across the American lakes.  After being decommissioned in 1981 it was left to rust for four years before the front part of the ship was removed and perched on top of the 18-foot cliff shown below to serve as a really lovely home.
 
 
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The "Benson Ford" was originally a cargo ship for the Ford motor company, but has been converted into a vacation home perched solidly above
Lake Erie.  Looking across the bow, which hangs 18 feet above the Lake, it gives one the feeling that the boat is sailing.
 
 
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The forecastle still contains the beautiful wood-paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford.
 
 
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The boat was used by Ford himself to travel across the
AmericanLakes, and Thomas Edison was a guest on this utility boat.
The four-deck, 7,000 square foot "getaway home" is made out of the ship's forecastle, and includes the walnut paneled state rooms, dining room, galley, and passenger lounge designed by Henry Ford for his own personal use while on board.
 
  The ship-house was originally owned by Frank J. Sullivan, but after trying and failing to turn it into a hotel in 1992, Sullivan eventually auctioned the building to father and son, Jerry and Bryan Kaspar, who still enjoy relaxing there while taking time off from work. It has now been modernized with a garage, a game room, a bar, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and four bathrooms.

The 90-year-old partial cargo ship is beautiful, as she sits there looking out over her former waterways.
 
 
 
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Don't look down -- visitors may need a head for heights if they take a tour
out onto the bow of the boat, and see the water way down below.
 
 
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The home has maintained the historic and beautiful interior, which has been updated with modern technologies.
 
 
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Bryan Kaspar said, 'Everyone who sees our home from the outside, is intrigued to look inside. And, I think everyone who sees this beauty, is amazed at the gorgeous woodwork throughout our beautiful ship home.
 
 
 
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  This impressive getaway is large, as it includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain's office and living room with panoramic views out across
Lake Erie.
 
  When you're there, it feels as though you are stepping back in time. An incredible beauty of a long-ago ship, still available for water lovers to see.
 
 
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Sorry Stu, can't see the pics.

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Me as well Stu.

 

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No Pics also Stu.



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Sorry about that folks.  I don't know how to fix this so I have sent the entire email that was originally sent to me on to Andy and asked him for assistance to fix it.  The little withered old legs on my brain just can't run fast enough to keep up with today's technology, never had these problems with my crystal set!!!!   I won't even try to explain what a crystal set is.!!!!  Stu



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I know what a crystal set is, my grandad told all about them when I was a young boy.

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Try this link,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534611/Room-view-90-year-old-cargo-ship-serving-holiday-home-hanging-18-foot-cliff-Lake-Erie.html

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Thanks EJ, the link works for me.

 

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Thanks EJ. That is one nice holiday home.
I had a crystal set when I was a kid.

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Many thanks EJ for sorting that out.  I hope everyone who looked into it found it interesting.

I am intrigued at the follow up comments about crystal sets.  These were obviously very common in the early days of radio but when I was a kid just after the war (that's WW2, just in case there is any doubt), we used to buy the components in the old "Army & Navy" stores. This was war surplus stuff that was being recycled. To build a crystal set you only needed about 4 components, a crystal of course, a variable resistor, a capacitor, some wire to connect it all up and a headphone (or 2).  I think the other component was a tuning capacitor.  No batteries were needed.  Its amazing the great leap forward from this very basic communication to putting a man on the moon, computers, colour television, micro surgery, the internet of course, and Coronation Street!!!!   At the same time there is the mystery of how a scheduled passenger aircraft could disappear, so far without trace.  And that was just about a month or so ago.  We certainly live in an extraordinary world.  Stu



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Stu, would that have the Army & Navy stores down at the Chequers on the corner opposite the pub ? I used spend hours in there when I was a kid, looking at & buying all sorts of things, it was an Aladdins cave for my mates & me in the late 50's.

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Dead right John.  I must have seen you in there !!!!!  Next door to there was a radio and electrical appliance shop run by a bloke of "Middle Eastern appearance".  If he didn't have what you wanted he would get an assistant to engage you in conversation whilst he nipped down the road, maybe even caught a taxi , and bought it from a rival shop so that he didn't loose a sale, and kept you out of the other shop.  He's probably a multi millionaire now!!!!!   That whole area was familiar to me because my best mate at school lived in Whitebarn Lane not far from there. When I was home on leave we would go to the Marquee Jazz Club in Leicester Square then on the way home stop off at his Mums place after walking from the Heathway station. Then after a coffee and bun I'd walk or jog  to Rainham, no wonder I slept well in those days.  Stu



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Stu, I had a look around & this is the best I could find. It should bring back a few memories.

 

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Thanks for that John. It certainly brought back a lot of memories and I was trying to put a date on the photo.  In the fifties the traffic around there was much heavier and a lot more buses and folk on the streets.  I was trying to work out the date from the code that comes with the photo and although its a wild guess I think it may be December 1936. This would fit in with the vehicles age and the clothes people were wearing, however some of those vehicles were still being driven around in the 1960's. In fact my first car was a 1938 Ford and one of my cousins had a 1936 (?) Morris 8 Tourer and both were being driven well into the 1960's. Maybe you could put an age on the bus?  Anyway, many thanks, Stu



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Stu,

Looked up the site 

Dagenham in Pictures | Facebook

 where the photo is from & it says Chequers Public House circa 1935, so you got it almost bang on. I only ever ventured into the Chequers once that was enough what a dump, I think it was demolished in the early eighties.

 

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Sorry Stu only just able to catch up. Your email didn't display the photos either mate - doh



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Thanks John for that lead to the Dagenham site on Facebook, I found that very interesting.Apparently there was a Chequers pub not far from that location going back to at least 1775 and it moved to the A13 site in 1810. It was demolished in 1987 and a Halfords store built on the site which brings us almost full circle although I doubt if Halfords sell crystal sets these days. Stu



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Thanks Andy. EJ solved the problem anyway, so no wurries mate.  The team in action.  Stu



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Well done EJ, video as well wink



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