Authentic Life Ring - Conallison / J.R. Sensibar / SS Frank C. Ball
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Authentic Life Ring
The ship that this life ring is from has gone by three different names throughout it’s life. It began as the SS Frank C. Ball, built in 1906 at Ecorse, Michigan by the Great Lakes Engineering Works. For 27 years, she served under that name until she was sold to a company in Chicago and was repowered by a steam powered Turbo-electric engine by the American Shipbuilding Company from Lorain, Ohio. She was the first commercial vessel on the Great Lakes to use this form of propulsion. The original engine that was removed was then installed in the Ford Motor Company’s barge, the Lake Frugality. For the next 50 years, she was known as the J.R. Sensibar and had about 5 different owners all over the Great Lakes. In 1981, the Sensibar was sold to Johnstone Shipping LTD. of Toronto, Ontario and was renamed Conallison. Later that year, she was retired and was laid up for scrap. If you’d like to know more about the specifics of who owned this ship, click here for it’s history!
This salvaged life ring measures about 30 inches wide by about 3.5 inches thick. The weight is 5.6 pounds. There are no markings on the back of the life ring.
This life ring is being sold in as-found condition. It will have loose or missing paint. It has only been wiped down for the photos. The original rope has not been replaced.
You will be shipped the authentic life ring shown in the photos.