S.S. Grand View Hotel/Ship of the Alleghenies

Steven Godfrey

Joined March 2008

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The Ship first set sail on May 29, 1932. It was built by a Dutch immigrant named Herbert Paulson. Paulsen built the ship around the structure of the original Grand View Hotel, a little up the road from the town of Schellsburg, PA. The view from the site had been earlier described as “one of the most magnificant views on the North American continent”. The establishment was to enjoy a number of sucessful years, but this was not to last. When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened on October 1, 1940, it spelled the beginning of the end for the S.S. Grandview.
Paulsen ran the business as best as he could until his death in 1973. The property was sold to Jack and Mary Loya for the price of $70,000 a few years later. The Loyas reopened the business under the rather lackluster name of “Noah’s Ark” and added a petting zoo. The resulting business failed. The Ship closed it’s doors for the last time in 1987. The Ship was sinking fast, but there was still hope. In Early Summer of 1993, a newly formed Lincoln Highway Association had put together a grant proposal to buy the property at it’s appraised value of approximately $40,000. The Loya’s only response was a counter-offer of $900,000 for the derelict building. The decay continued until the night of Friday, October 26 2001. At 2:30 AM, local fireman responded to a report that the ship was on fire. The blaze was so bright that from a distance, it was said that it “looked as if the sun was coming up”.
To be continued…

For some historical photos taken of the Ship and it’s locale check this out:

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