GHOST FERRY

When I first kayaked to this ghost ship sitting in the Baltimore harbor I thought that it was some type of entertainment ferry. The ship had what appeared to be a large ballroom, a bar and a nice top deck that looked like it could be a second dance floor. After Urban Atrophy was published a reader contacted me to let me know that the ship was the "Lloyd I. Seaman". It was not for entertainment use at all but actually a Floating Hospital. The motorless barge was towed around the New York harbor on daily excursions providing medical and dental care for the city's needy. The Lloyd I. Seaman was in service between 1935 and 1973 and later moved to the Baltimore harbor where it sat for a while before being cut up for scrap metal in the summer of 2007.