By SHANTEÉ WOODARDS
Paula Safran and her fiance came to Eastport for lunch and left with a piece of World War II history.
The couple stumbled into the new Annapolis Maritime Antiques shop, which sells nautical decor, furniture and antiques. They spent $2,600 on a dark brown table with two benches — constructed out of the hatch covers of World War II Liberty ships — and had it delivered to their home in Centreville. They have since set it up on their porch.
“You know that thousands of sailors held on to that handle. You can tell this is where it was rubbed and the cargo was going in and out of the hatch,” said Safran, who runs a marina. “To me, they’re an artists studio that has furniture. I’m really into art and it’s incredible what they do with the pieces.”
Tony Kime opened the shop earlier this month at 128 Severn Ave., the former home of the Raven Maritime Studio. He previously sold his work online and operated out of a shop in Shady Side until he learned about the available space in Eastport.
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