At Atlas Obscura we spend our days searching out hidden wonders throughout the world. Sometimes we find amazing places right in front of us. For Project Re-Use, we teamed up with Cadillac to explore some incredible spaces that were rescued from disrepair and interview the people who gave these spaces new life.

Running a restaurant is hard. Maintaining a boat is hard. Sue Walsh and Kelli Farwell do both. They are the creators of “The Water Table,” a New England tavern on the water. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, they began searching for the perfect boat. After a long hunt, Kelli and Sue found the Revolution, a 62-foot, wooden-hulled mine sweeper working as a tour boat in Boston. After guiding her into a New York harbor on a stormy May evening in 2013, the pair began the process of turning this 70-year-old mine sweeper into a restaurant. 

I ask Sue and Kelli what made them want to take on such a herculean task, and find out how running a restaurant on an old mine sweeper has changed them. See the rest of the Project Re:Use videos here including a lost gem of NY architecture brought back to life, and a group of young designers using forgotten techniques. 

-Dylan, Co-Founder of Atlas Obscura

“This post is in partnership with Cadillac