Put-in-Bay, Ohio: House That Was a Ship

The luxurious "shiphouse" of Henry Ford's personal Great Lakes freighter was converted into a house on land.

Benson Ford Shiphouse

Ashburn Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH
Benson Ford Shiphouse. On the northwest edge of South Bass Island, on very short Ashburn Ave., next to Capt. Alfred Parker Park. Private property; visible from the park (or the water) but not open to the public.
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Benson Ford Shiphouse.

Benson Ford Shiphouse

A large ship was sawed in half and propped up on a cliff to serve as a private home. Visible from the water (Jet Express boats point it out) and land, from the adjacent park. Very impressive from the outside.

[Kitsa, 08/25/2016]

This is the "shiphouse" of a 1924 Great Lakes freighter. It was lifted off of the boat in 1986 and barged to South Bass Island, where it was bolted to a promontory as a house. The freighter was luxurious -- designed for Henry Ford's pleasure with walnut-paneled staterooms and galleys -- so we imagine the people who live in the shiphouse do so in luxurious comfort.

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