USS Recruit (TDE-1 and TFFG-1) in San Diego, CA, the Navy’s first non-ship, was originally a commissioned vessel and observed traditional Naval shipboard procedures like all other vessels.
Affectionately known as USS Neversail, the Recruit was a two-thirds scale mock-up and served as an instructional platform for new recruits. When completed in 1949, it was 225 long, had a 24-foot, four inch beam and a 41-foot mast.
Today, with the closure of the Navy training station the Recruit is being preserved as an historical building. [quarterdeck.org]
Contributed by Kevin.