A House built from the superstructure of a Naval destroyer

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The Destroyer Enterprise saw action off Vietnam during WWII and was retired after about 10 years. It was brought to a naval scrap yard and eventually it’s superstructure found it’s way to Cape May, NJ where the Cape May yacht Club thought about using it as a clubhouse. It sat on the beach for two years rotting away and finally it was bought by a WWII veteran who decided it would make a good home at the shore.

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These actually bunks that were used by the 12 man crew. Their daughter used slept here during her childhood. She claims all the neighborhood kids loved coming over, they viewed the house as a giant play house. Below, this spare bedroom was the original pilothouse where the navigation was done.

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Originally a ladder went thru a small hole in the floor to the 2nd level. This wasn’t too practical (though the kids loved it) so they put in a small stair case. Because of the constraints you have to crawl up the stairs. When I walkerd down it in a test, the wall would’ve clipped me at below my waist, so I had to crawl backwards, which was surprsingly easy and natural

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a painting of the boathouse.

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the kitchen.


These are plans from the original WWII blueprints


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by D Sayre on March 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    This story is completely untrue and totally made up. It has been there since the fifties and it is just a novelty mock up built by someone made to look like a boat.


    • Posted by lostinjersey on March 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      when i visited the homeowner many years ago i saw blueprints of some type. i might have pictures.


      • Posted by Ben Miller on March 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        You have a picture of the blueprints linked above. D. Sayer is correct. This is a wooden reproduction of a ship’s wheel house.


  2. Posted by cd on March 6, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Perhaps this was USS Enterprise (SP-790)? The only WWII US naval vessel named enterprise was the aircraft carrier…


    • Posted by Ben Miller on March 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      There have been 8 ships that carried the name USS Enterprise, dating back to 1775. A 9th one is being designed now. That said, THIS is not one of them. It is a reproduction of a ship’s wheel house. The story here is just a fable.


  3. Posted by Ben Miller on March 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    There was no American destroyer named Enterprise


  4. Posted by david hall on December 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Do you have any more information about this house in Cape May, NJ that was a WWII Destroyer turned into a home? I am doing a project for school on this house and found your blog really helpful. Thank you, Dave


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