Here in Philadelphia we have a few examples of how hard it is too keep old ships going.
We have the
WWII Bacuna, a sub
Spanish American war Olimpia
schooner, turned restaurant, Mushulu
Wooden schooner, Gazella, last of the Portugese Great White Fleet
USS United States
The Olimpia was last hauled sometime around 1955. The Bacuna, Moshulu, and Olimpia all sit in the mud at low tide.
The USS United States is in very sad shape.
But it's not just boats. We live in a nice historic district downtown. There is the odd building around that doesn't get maintenance
and it shows. Brick hpgets wet, sills rot
, sometimes pieces fall off. One otherwise million dollar house has been condemned as derelict and unsafe for years.
Quite a few years ago now one old guy had a bunch of old commercial
buildings boarded up. Real eye sores. He got sues for their condition and refusal to do anything with them. One day a judge in the case was walking down the street and a bit fell off, killed him.