You may have seen ships that were completely overtaken by nature after they sank. This ship is one example of one that has its own forest. The ship in Washington is located in the state of Anacortes on the western side. Currently serving as a breakwater is the four-masted schooner ship La Merced. The ship, which has been there since 1966, has grown into a tree-filled area, is now a part of history, and was added to the National Historic Register in 1990.

Having been built in 1917, this vessel has a positive history and is one of only four boats still in existence of its type. Prior to its use in the lumber trade between Portland and California, this vessel served as a backup schooner during World War I. Additionally, it has transported grains back to Australia and New Zealand after shipping oil to those countries. This 232-foot vessel was converted into a floating cannery and operated out of Alaska in the late 1920s.


Photo: Daren Jessip

In 1965 the boat had been sold for salvage, and then its masts were cut. The propellers, deck fittings, and even engines had been stripped as it was moved to the Lovric’s shipyard where now it is. Though it’s not on the waters today still the ship seems to be in a good way. The ship now stays as a breakwater. The owner of the shipyard Anton Lovric who is also known as Tony had been born in Croatia and then in 1960 had immigrated to the US. he who is an entrepreneur for a long time had transformed a seafood plant into a shipyard and marina. He has had the eye of repurposing this ship, he had brought the ship to its now place after passing a yar of buying the land. And from then the ship still remains beautifully. It’s also a famous place among photographers.


Photo: John Gateley

Tell us what you think about this nature reclaimed ship.


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