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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Authentic Vintage Nautical Lighting- Reclaimed and Repurposed for Today's Coastal Home

Reclaimed and re-purposed nautical lighting, perfect for all types of uses for today's coastal home.
 If there is one statement that we make that stands uncontested it is that there is no finer light fixture on the market that can rival the quality of these authentic brass caged passageway lights. These fixtures were designed to withstand the harsh conditions aboard oceangoing and other maritime vessels and have proven over the course of time to be the best.

Passageway/engine room light fixture produced by F.H. Lovell and Co. of Arlington New Jersey.

These vintage brass caged passageway or engine room lights were produced by the F.H. Lovell & Co. of Arlington, N.J. and recently removed from the cargo ship SS EXPORT BAY (see history below). Each light is stamped F.H. Lovell & Co. Arlington N.J. on the brass cage ring. These authentic brass fixtures feature standard bezel type clear glass globes and heavy brass wire cages. Lights like these were used in common work areas on board the ship as well as it's numerous passageways. Their housing is made of heavy cast brass and weigh a hefty 6 pounds each.

Authentic vintage passageway or engine room lights by F.H. Lovell and Co. of Arlington, N.J

Shown above-Bezel style brass cage, cast brass housing and clear glass cover.

 The height of each light is 9 1/4 inches to the top of the cage and 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Comes with a replaced 110-120 UL-Listed socket and ready for installation! We have nine matching in stock reclaimed from the SS Export Bay available and three other matching Lovell passageway lights that accompany the collection.

These high quality light fixtures are perfect for deck and dock lighting.

These reclaimed vintage ship lights are the perfect high quality fixture re-purposed for both indoor and outdoor use. They can be used outdoors for walkways and driveways, deck lights, post lights, dock lights, porch lights and more. They're also perfect for indoor use anywhere that you need a great nautical fixture. These are also a favorite for restaurant use as booth lights and bar lights! Truly the finest made light fixtures designed to withstand the harsh conditions of oceangoing and other maritime vessels and today's coastal home!

Perfect for walkways, gardens and other outdoor lighting.

We also have large quantities of other authentic vintage caged passageway lights available at Skipjack such as these slightly smaller sized cast brass fixtures. You may also want to preview our other selections of authentic ship lighting on our web store under MARINE, MARITIME, NAUTICAL LAMPS & LIGHTING.

Need more than a couple of lights? Call us at (757) 399-5012 to discuss current inventory. These will sell fast!

We can ship up to two of these fixtures by USPS Priority Mail- medium flat rate box anywhere in the USA for $10.95.

History of the SS Export Bay

Starboard view of the cargo ship SS Export Bay

Laid down in 1961 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego as the MARAD type C3-S-46a breakbulk cargo ship SS Export Bay, this ship entered service with American Export Lines on their US Gulf-Western Europe route. 1978 to Farrell Lines, 1984 laid up in Reserve Fleet renamed Bay.

Serving in the commercial trades for her entire life, the Export Bay was turned over to MARAD in 1983 with her four sister ships but was never activated with the Military Sealift Command as her sisters were.

Retained at Suisan Bay under the name 'Bay'.

Retained at Suisun Bay under the name Bay as a parts hulk for her Ready Reserve Fleet sister ships, the Bay was sold for scrapping at Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, VA in March 2011 after her three sisters were disposed of in 2010.

The Bay is the first Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet ship that Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, Va., (will have) recycled for the Maritime Administration,” said Cheron Victoria Wicker, director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs for MARAD, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Stern view of the SS Export Bay.

“Their contract award for recycling the Bay was based upon price, performance schedule, and past performance,” she said, saying the company agreed to do the job for $397,182.

Though this is the first Suisun Bay ship the company has recycled for MARAD, it has recycled obsolete ships from the James River Reserve Fleet. The company has been a MARAD contractor since 2002 and has been qualified to bid on obsolete ships since 2005.