Last week my buddy Wayne said, hey, WW2 Victory Ship Hatch Covers down the street for sale. Well!!!! Oh Yeah! I have been looking for something interesting and different for a table top on the back deck. Could this be it? I know these were a trend a bit back. But could be cool.
So crammed in a small garage, about 20 hatches. These suckers are heavy. Very heavy. And these had been cleared out of some inventory up in Baltimore, all stripped and dirty but not bad. But in a corner I saw one that was not stripped. That I had not seen before. We had to dig, lift and move to find it. WOW, if there is another one with paint, I am in like Flint.
Of course there was one buried even deeper. But we pulled it out, and BAM, a match hatch! Same number. Which I have no idea what it seems to reference. Anyone a Victory or Liberty Ship expert here? I have googled some of it, but this number is not even close to the numbers on the boats.
This has been a perfect project between Zoom meetings and conference calls. A little here, a little there, wait for stuff to dry.
I used clear West System to fill in some of the cracks and dents, chips so the top would be smooth. And then coated the top with around 10 coats of Satin Urethane. The Battle ship grey warms up with some clear. A perfect color for the deck.
As to her base, I am currently using two boat cradles. But plan on a more user friendly, for chairs. Design.
But here we are. All set up, and ready for a post pandemic crab feast. Seats 10 very comfortably.
If you want to dive into Victory and Liberty Ships. HERE YA GO!