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A former cargo ship has been transformed into a bed and breakfast

A boat lover has transformed a 90-year-old cargo ship into a hotel that hangs perilousily over the ocean.
 
Situated on a cliff edge overlooking Lake Erie, Ohio, USA, the Benson Ford ship-house certainly stands out among its surroundings.
 
In its heyday the ship not only carried cars and production parts but also illustrious characters such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
 
But these incredible new images from videographer Nick James show how even 90 years on the historic features are still a key feature of the holiday home.

 
Nick, who conducts tours of the hotel, said:"The most incredible part is standing at the helm and the way the boat hangs over the cliff it actually feels like you are out on the open water.
 
"I love the history that is still all around in the Benson Ford. In the parlour you can just imagine Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting smoking their cigars.
 
"When you're there it feels as though you step back in time and they could appear at any moment."

From the helm, it feels like you're the captain at sea (Caters News)

The interior remains cast in a bygone era (Caters News)

Situated on a cliff edge the Benson Ford ship-house certainly stands out (Caters News)

Built in 1923, the ship was used to carry auto parts for the Ford Motor Company across the lakes in America.
 
When the cargo ship was decommissioned in 1986 its future was uncertain. However, new owner Frank J Sullivan decided to scrap all of the boat,  apart from the forward superstructure.
 
He perched it on the side of Lake Erie - without the permission of the local people - and set it up as a bed and breakfast.
 
When the ownership has changed hands the original features have been preserved including now obsolete steering equipment and walnut panelled living quarters.
 
Current owner, Bryan Kasper, said: "Everyone that sees it is intrigued to look inside and I think everyone that looks inside is amazed at the woodwork throughout the ship.
 
"Also from the bow it almost feels like you are on the water because of its close proximity to Lake Erie.
 
"I love the deck on the fourth floor - It's a great place to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lake and the nearby cliffs and watching the sunset is amazing from there."
 
The Benson Ford has four floors with a deck exterior and all the original features are still visible in the pilot house, captains office and a number of cabins.
 
Some upgrades have been made however including a garage, game room, bar area, four bathrooms and a modern kitchen.

 
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