If you are passionate about antique nautical lighting items, you don’t have to travel all over the world to add new things to your collection. Of course, you can visit shipyards, buy scrap and do the restoration work by yourself. However, you should know there is an easier way to get such exquisite antiques: order them from Big Ship Salvage, a warehouse and an online store where you can find everything you can imagine from bulkhead lights, navigation light sets and post mounted lights to compass, telegraph, and even portholes.
All items on Big Ship Salvage come from old vessels being cut up for scrap. John and Carla Clifford, the owners of this business, buy these items from various shipyards and invest a lot of effort into restoration works before publishing them on the website or displaying them at large nautical shows. According to John and Carla, the restoration process may take up to nine months, as most items are originally painted, thus needing the paint to be removed before the polishing is done, and then repainted in the original color.
The results are stunning. The brass navigation lights, for instance, are in very good condition, fully functional and rewired with new UL-listed wiring. You can add them to your collection or you can use them to create a cool ambient lighting in your home.
Some of the items on the website are sold in as found condition. This is the case of life preserver rings coming from ships such as Istanbul Merchant Vessel “TOLGAM”, Merchant Vessel “OCEAN LAND – BASSETERRE” and “GOLDEN EXPRESS – JEJU ISLAND”.
Passionate collectors will have the pleasure of discovering a “Cassens and Plath” original liquid-filled magnetic compass weighing about 40 pounds. This is not exactly the type of compass you’d put in your pocket, but it can be one of the pillars of a good nautical antique collection.
The website is very well structured, so you can visit directly the sections you are interested in. For avid collectors, there’s a special section where all new arrivals are displayed. You can keep an eye on it and check it every few days in order to see if you can add another piece to your collection. Exquisite antiques are sold fast, so you need to stay up to date if you want to have a chance to grab those valuable items before others.
If you are a ship owner, you may want to find spare parts for your vessel. The website several authentic brass portholes with complete specifications and with their current condition.
Orders are taken by phone, but you can email the website owner in case you have some questions that require written explanations. The payment can be done by credit or debit card and the shipping is free across the continental US.
If you still insist on visiting scrapyards by yourself, you can do it. Nonetheless, when others are willing to do it for you, why not take advantage and order your antiques straight from the comfort of your home?