Upside Down Boats Repurposed As Beautiful Sheds (Photos)

Photo: Steve & Jemma Copley via Flickr

We know that deconstructing huge industrial ships for parts (ie. shipbreaking) can have a huge negative environmental and health impact in developing nations, but what about smaller water craft?

In the so-called "Holy Island" of Lindisfarne, a windswept tidal island located just off of the north-east coast of England, there's a local custom where retired ships are turned upside down and given new life as picturesque sheds.Photo: Steve & Jemma Copley via Flickr

These particular sheds are made from old herring boats -- after being turned over, a door is added and voila! A fresh coat of paint and the boat sheds can look newer -- or straight out of a fairytale (incidentally, Lindisfarne also has its very own castle).

Photo: Steve & Jemma Copley via Flickr
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Photo: Steve & Jemma Copley via Flickr
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Lindisfarne's boat sheds may not be on the same level as other wacky sustainable boat concepts, but for this little island town of less than 200 inhabitants, these sheds certainly fit right in.

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