Check out this unique Kinsman Independent Life Buoy we have in stock! This specific life ring has been used for many years and the paint has begun to fade significantly!
The ship now known as the Kinsman Independent was first built in 1952 to serve as a steel carrying vessel on the Great Lakes. After changing hands many times, she began to carry grain in the mid 1980s until the end of her days. This was one of the many vessels owned by George Steinbrenner, famously known for owning the New York Yankees. This life ring was salvaged from the famous Kinsman Independent in 2002 and we are now offering this item for your personal collection!
If you’d like more about the history of this boat, check out this awesome website — boatnerd.com that has an interesting write-up on the Kinsman Independent.
This salvaged life ring by Jim-Bouy is U.S. Coast Guard Approved, model number JBSOH-30. It has a diameter of 30 inches about 7 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches thick. The weight is 4.7 pounds. It was manufactured in Hollywood, Ca. These life buoys were used with quick release for self-activated lights and smoke signals.
This life ring is being sold in as-found condition. It has only been wiped down for the photos. The original rope has not been replaced.