July 7, 2014

A Visit to Peter's


Ship historian and journalist, Peter Knego, began the second part of his life by doing something unique.  He salvages art, furniture, ceramics, and other things from ships that have been beached for demolished on the Sands of Alang.  Some things he sells to “pay the bills.”  Other items have touched his heart deeply.  He’s making these things a part of his new home.

In Peter’s living room, this Russian mural came from the Hamburg but does not have a signature.  The muster station sign remains intact at the bottom left.  Behind George are etched glass, and metal railings from the Empress of Canada. 

My biggest problem was either to take pictures and probably forget what ship the item came from, or take notes.  I took pictures.  I remember that the dramatic Pulitzer designed chairs in this room came from the MV Augustus, sister ship to the Andria Doria.  The sofa in Peter’s Living room came from another ship.  The upholstery is original. 


Emanual Luzatti sculptured panels adorn many areas of the house and offer a wonderful depth to the environment.  

Doors, Peter has doors.  These have just been placed in the opening to his office.  “Nothing is done yet,” he reminds us as we tour us through this wonderful new world.

Here Peter’s desk looks out into the yard.  It was the Captains desk from a famous Cunarder.  Cupboards and other furniture fit perfectly into the spaces in this modern home.

Out in the hall lives a stunning bas relief.

Close up.

Luzati’s work fits perfectly into this eclectic home.

Peter telling the story held within this mural, which now lives in Peter’s guest bedroom.

Art everywhere.  I took hundreds of pictures, and sit here struggling to show you some of them but not overwhelm you.  Below are links to Peter’s page and that of a few of the artists.  I’ll share more with you later.


  1. Peter would love the house across the street. Constructed by a ship builder, it consists of five or six levels joined like decks and full of wonderful fitted woodwork on floors walls and ceilings.

  2. The Carnegie Museum here in Pittsburgh has a fabulous mural from a ship. I don't remember ship or artist's name, but the next time I go there, I check it out and let you know.
    Love the pictures.

  3. Lovely transitions and saving of important works of art. These would have been lost and what is important is he worked at keeping the provenance. What a lovely home.

  4. That is truly amazing stuff! WOW!

  5. Mage, I'm so touched and honored to be featured in Urban Archaeology. Thanks so much for coming to visit and for taking the time to share with your readers. Hope to have you and George back soon!


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