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Ferry Boat for Sale in Brooklyn, NY

Yankee Ferry is definitely a home with a history. Built in 1907, it’s the oldest existing Ellis Island Ferry.

It started as a passenger steamer ferrying people between Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands and went on to serve in both world wars.

It was restored in the 1990s and bought by Richard and Victoria Mackenzie-Childs in 2003. Since then the designer duo have made it their home. And now it could be yours…

Key details:

  • 147 feet in length, a 29-foot beam, eight-foot draft with a steel hull
  • First deck workroom/creative space
  • Second deck with a ballroom with a stage and banquet table
  • Docked at the Henry Street Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • $1.25 million
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Norma's Floating Store in British Columbia

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Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the ’70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a “…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books,” according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

From www.lloydkahn.com/…

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Dutch/American Artists on an Art Boat

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Dear people at The Shelter Blog,

Last week four artists (three Dutch, one American) floated 240 miles down the Chattahoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico on an art boat made of salvaged material. Three artists work with found materials, the fourth — a photographer/‌filmer — captured the 8‑day trip.

Since we slept on the boat — cooked on deserted beaches along the river though — we do realize it is not a houseboat, but it indeed was our shelter for over a week. We hope you like what you see!

During the trip we collected trash and made more art. It was an amazing adventure. “We” are:

  • Butch Anthony, folk artist from Seale, Alabama (www.museumofwonder.com)
  • Niek Wagemans, who fuses waste materials, broken furniture and abandoned spaces into new ensembles (www.fabriekvanniek.nl)
  • Diederick Kraaijeveld. He creates realistic mosaics out of found wood. (www.oudhout.com)
  • Gideon Elings, cameraman

The idea came up exactly one year ago, at the end of a road trip from Seale to Apalachicola on the Gulf. We were having coffee in the early morning, saw a trunk float by in the river and Butch said “we came driving, but we could have floated.”
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Tiny Home on the Water in Maine



Americans have historically measured success in square feet. A big house was something to work for. But a growing number of Mainers are choosing to drastically cut their living space — on purpose. They’re part of what’s known as the “tiny home” movement, and they’re living in spaces of 500 to 600 square feet, or less. Why do they do it? We sent Sara Gatcomb to find out.

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Giant Floating Wooden Egg Studio/Home

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This giant floating egg on the River Beaulieu could well be Hampshire’s quirkiest living space.

It may look like it comes straight from the set of a low-budget science fiction movie, but the giant wooden pod cost £40,000 ($62k) to build and will in fact be the home and workspace of artist Stephen Turner, 58, for the next year.

The 40′ self-sustaining structure, which is registered as a boat, floats up and down with the tide and is designed to have minimal environmental impact. Stephen hopes to highlight climate change while living there.

www.dailymail.co.uk/…

Sent to us by Godfrey Stephens

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Floating Homes of Iraq

www.messynessychic.com:2014:11:12:the-floating-basket-homes-of-iraq-a-paradise-almost-lost-to-saddam:

It was Iraq’s ‘Garden of Eden’; unique wetlands in southern Iraq where a people known as the Ma’dan, or ‘Arabs of the marsh,’ lived in a Mesopotamian Venice, characterized by beautifully elaborate floating houses…

These little-known architectural wonders are known as a mudhif; built without nails, wood or glass in under three days, even the islands the houses rest on are made of compacted mud and rushes.

It’s a construction method that has been used by the dwellers of the plains for thousands of years, but in recent decades, this exotic architecture has almost completely disappeared, and at risk of being lost along with it of course, is the ancient knowledge of the unique building technique itself…

The full article is here.

Also: www.natureiraq.org

Sent us by Rich (Cerebral Vortex)

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Trip to Peru

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Floating home on the Amazon

I recently got home from a two-week trip to Peru with my wife Chelsea. We flew into Lima and hung there for a day. From there we flew to Cusco for two days then took a train to Aguas Calientes where we stayed for three nights and visited Machu Picchu. We then went back to Cusco for a night and then onto Iquitos which sits directly on the Amazon, Iquitos is the largest city in the world not reachable by a car. Everything must come in by boat or plane, we stayed at an eco lodge for three nights. One of the best parts of the trip was seeing all of the different building techniques which are employed from the Andes to the Amazon. Hope you enjoy.

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IMG_1491 old adobe and brick building

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