Marine vessels, like all things in life, have an expiration date. As years go by, ships are subjected to damage derived from corrosion, rusting, leaking hulls, forceful ocean breezes, and relentless tides. These floating structures transition from needing minor repairs to requiring constant, significant maintenance, to the point where said vessel is subject to steady deterioration. In the long run, the vessel is decommissioned and can be sunk to create an artificial reef, repurposed as an underwater museum, or have its parts stripped so that they can be reused. Such was the case of the S.S. Vallejo, a 135-year old vessel that had been rescued time and time again by different proprietors, and was on the brink of being decommissioned until a California resident swept in and took ownership of the vessel with the intention of restoring it and turning it into a private residence.
However, the restoration could not be executed without replacing the compromised hull. The new hull would constitute a revival of the S.S. Vallejo, one that would give the ship many more years of life without constant maintenance. To preserve the ship’s steel hull, spray foam insulation was installed on its interior.