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The Benson Ford was originally a cargo ship for the Ford Motor Company, but has been converted into a holiday home hanging above Lake Erie.
Looking over the bow, which dangles 18 foot above the Lake, it still looks as if the boat is sailing.
Don't look down: Tourists may need a head for heights if they take a tour out onto the bow.
The ship still contains wood paneled state rooms, dining room and lounge designed by Henry Ford.
The boat was used by Ford himself to travel across the American Lakes and Thomas Edison also to a ride.
The four-story, 7,000 sq ft home has kept the historic interior and updated it with modern technology.
Along with the original features the ship's forecastle now has a garage, kitchen, bar and game room.
Frank J. Sullivan who first converted the vessel, tried to turn it into a hotel in 1992 but was denied permission.
Sullivan sold it to father and son Jerry and Bryan Kaspar in 1999 who now allow guided tours around the home.
The impressive getaway includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a captain's office and living room with panoramic views out across the Lake
'I love the deck on the fourth floor - It's a great place to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the lake and the nearby cliffs and watching the sunset is amazing from there.'
Videographer Nick James, who conducts tours of the hotel, said: 'The most incredible part is standing at the helm and the way the boat hangs over the cliff it actually feels like you are out on the open water.
'I love the history that is still all around in the Benson Ford. In the parlour you can just imagine Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sitting smoking their cigars.
'When you're there it feels as though you step back in time and they could appear at any moment.'