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Ship Ashore Museum

Address: 12370 Highway 101 North, Smith River, CA 95567
Phone Number: 707-487-3141
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Type: Museums
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English first
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Ship Ashore Museum is closed, it appears permanently. Fond memories as a kid from this attraction and it had a great history, looks cool sitting up on land.

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Fortuna, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hotel is in horrible condition now. We used to stay there, but the carpets were so dirty and the general lack of repairs has stopped our visits. It is a crying shame as the location is wonderful.

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Sacramento, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This attraction is permanently closed. Their website has not been updated since 2011, and I have driven by numerous times since August 2012 and it remains locked with zero activity. The history of this former millionaire's yacht that later became a military ship is fascinating, and I hope that the ship can be maintained -- at least to act as... More 

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Crescent City, California, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Ship Ashore property has been disintegrating for years. The museum shows the signs of neglect, and is considered by many nearby residents as an eyesore. Bad management.

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Fortuna, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Love the location at the mouth of the Smith River and the Pacific. Hotel is old, but adequate. Restaurant is good, food has been excellent. Visit at least every 6 months and sometimes more.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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101 reviews 101 reviews
5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Good to stop and see once in your life time. It has some interesting facts in the little museum area. A lot of the gift items look to have been around a long time. Not something I would drive 40 or 50 miles to see. Take the kids and tell them how it was. Kids under 5 will be really... More 

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Redding, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

WE arrived on a Tuesday and it appeared the gift shop and museum had been closed a while.. We did ride down and tour the coastal area behind it. We enjoyed walking around the old ship in any case. The website and history of "the Ship" is quite interesting. The website says: "The gift shop and museum is temporarily closed".?

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Gold Hill, Oregon, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Pretty cheesy, nothing special. It's your typical tourist trap. Fun for kids, but adults will not find it very interesting.

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Grants Pass
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31 reviews 31 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

It is not too much but cute! Just don't expect too much and all will be fine

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Oregon Coast
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808 reviews 808 reviews
289 attraction reviews
2,093 helpful votes 2,093 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

The "Ship Ashore" is one of the landmarks of far northwest California. Located right next to Highway 101 in Smith River, you can't miss it! The ship was built in 1925 as a private ocean going yacht named "Caritas". At the onset of WWII, the US Navy bought her and converted her to a messenger and weather ship called the... More 

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