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Old Nov 18, 2004, 8:03 AM   #1
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A few miles south of Santa Cruz, CA you will find what's left of this concrete ship. The ship is actually constructed from concrete and actually floated. The ship was built as a test for a low cost troop ship. It actually made one trip across the Pacific and back. In recent years it served as a party platform and now a haven for birds.

This 35mm negative was shot about three years ago.



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Old Nov 18, 2004, 2:54 PM   #2
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Err..."solid" picture, Calr.

Well "riposed".

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 3:13 PM   #3
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If anyone wants to see more pictures of this ship, I will create a Photobucket album and post a link.
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Wow - it really floated!?!?
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Old Nov 18, 2004, 4:06 PM   #5
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Hey Cal, I grew up a couple blocks away from Sea Cliff beach (where the concrete boat is). They used to let people on top of the boat up to the broken off tip but when I went back on a visit last year I noticed that the whole boat is blocked off for safety.

That pic was a great surprise. Really brought a smile to my face. Thanks for posting.

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 8:07 PM   #6
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Here's a link to some historical information on the SS Palo Alto.

http://www.concreteships.org/ships/ww1/paloalto/

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Old Nov 18, 2004, 9:34 PM   #7
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While watching a episode on the history channel they talked about British plans to make a aircraft carrier out of ice durning WWI or II (I don't recall too much of the show anymore.)
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Old Nov 19, 2004, 12:04 AM   #8
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Cal

very cool link.
I love that historical stuff.
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Old Nov 19, 2004, 8:25 PM   #9
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Many years ago I saw a concrete sailboat under construction up near OshKosh Wisconsin. I had the same thoughts as the rest of you..."it floats?" but it's apparent that they are functional.....
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Old Nov 20, 2004, 4:22 AM   #10
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Hi all...new here & looking through the site. The boat construction is called 'ferro cement' very common in the 70's & 80's. They are recognised for smooth sailing but many were build in backyards on week-ends & thus they got a bad name for some dubious building quality.

http://www.ferroboats.com/
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