Pendant Light Ideas

Many people have asked us how they would utilize our brass and copper pendant lights in their homes or businesses. Vintage copper pendant lights are utilized in various different ways. While we’ve seen customers install these lights in their kitchens, bathrooms, porches, and restaurants – we certainly haven’t reached the limit of creative installations of vintage pendant lights. Kitchen Pendant Lights are one of the categories we receive the most inquiries about. Further down the page, we have an example of how you might use our lights as pendant lights. Oftentimes, ceiling lights are hung with chains as pendant lights.

Waterfront home in Maine

For example, take a look at the wonderful decoration that Strangers and Saints has put up at their bar and restaurant. Strangers and Saints is located in the coastal town of Provincetown, MA. All of the vintage brass pendant lights that are hanging above the bar in the picture below are salvaged nautical lights. This bar utilizes several styles of pendant/ceiling lights that are hanging by chain above the customers.

Here’s another great example of how our customers are using vintage brass ceiling lights as pendant lights in their residential nautical homes.

Residential Home in Maryland

Traditional brass pendant lights are often used for restaurant designs. One recent restaurant that used our antique lights is The Chimes in Baton Rouge, LA. While this picture is before the establishment was up and running, you can get a good feel for the aesthetic they are trying to foster with the installation of these large antique pendant lights.

Check us out on Pinterest for more nautical decoration ideas!

Brimfield Antique Show

Big Ship Salvage was on full display at the famous Brimfield Antique show in Brimfield, MA.  New owner Jim Unger spent the week showing off the new items BSS has purchased this past year.  Attendance for the July ’19 show was down a bit due to the extreme heat, but thousands still showed to the worlds largest antique show.  The Brimfield show is three times per year, May, July and September where as many as 5000 vendors set up for the week-long event.  Visitors come from around the globe to this gigantic show taking vacations just to experience the event.  The TV show, Flea Market Flip with Laura Spencer occasionally shows up with the film crew because of the huge section of antiques.  Big Ship Salvage will continue to attend the three Brimfield shows each year and showcase it’s unique nautical antiques for those that love everything nautical. The dates for 2020 have not been officially set yet. We’d love for you to come by our spot at the next Brimfield show! For more information, you can check out their website here.

Child In A Wagon

Some buyers just start earlier than others! While working one of our many nautical flea market operations, this little guy had to have one of our authentic polished aluminum portholes for his collection. Mom and Dad handed over the money, and they had one happy buyer riding the rest of the day in his red wagon.

Unpolished Lights

Nautical Exterior Lighting



We may make it look and sound easy, but getting the salvaged brass nautical lights off salvaged vessels and back home is no easy job. I just never have the room in my checked bags to fly it all home the next day. The game is much bigger around here – we bring home several tons on each trip, and even when you do it right, things still go wrong, and nothing ever gets here when we expect it!



Outdoor Nautical Lighting

Many of you would give almost anything to be in my back pocket on a day like this!!  After several days of traveling and some less than desirable Bangladeshi food, I am ready to go see the lights that are ready to be removed from this retired car transport vessel. I will point out a few interesting facts out the beached ship behind me. First of all, it has been carefully cut in half. The fresh marks in the beach sand still show the drag marks left by a massive section of steel that is now missing. When I say missing, it was gone! Cut up by hundreds of workers just before we reached the project. Check out the ladder leaning up on the side of the vessel. It was made of bamboo and rope, and must have been 25 feet tall. This was our only access to this beached vessel, and the climb up was no fun. Each layer or deck of the exposed ship was designed to park hundreds of newly built cars. The removed cargo was not special, but we salvaged hundreds of those smaller ceiling lights you see normally listed in the Small Lights category of our website.



Salvage Dogs


Mike Whiteside from the DIY TV Show “Salvage Dawgs” stopped by for a visit some time back. Mike owns Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, VA. We had a great time giving Mike the grand tour our warehouse operation here in Pauline, South Carolina. Mike has a lot in common with us – he will travel down even the smallest of roads looking for that stone that has yet to be turned over in hopes of finding a new treasure. Mike left with a few treasures, and I hope our paths cross again!



Some Big Rope….

I was able to recover some old website photos. These two photos always generated some of the best comments! I picked this load up at a shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida and hauled it to our old warehouse in northwest Indiana. I never put a yard stick next to it, but the guys loading it claimed this single piece was over 4,000 feet long. Two things I AM sure about:  The dry weight was over 3 pounds per foot, and it was not dry when I hauled it home. I am also sure that someone was looking over me on that 1,000 mile drive back to Indiana. I watched several cars pass me on the interstate and then slow down and start taking pictures of the large rope that could have easily been mistaken for a large tropical snake. Along the way as I fueled the over worked truck, many curious on-lookers had to walk over and touch the rope – it was truly a site to be seen. Our good friend from the Rope Locker in Felton, Delaware even made the trip over to Indiana so he could get a section of this large rope. If you are looking for a piece of this large rope, I am sorry to tell you it is all gone. Apparently a lot of people wanted a short piece of this large rope.