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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
1-636-0583
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Ships
Description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Was well worth the time it took to see round the remains of the Cairo a very good museum with lots of information on the Cairo's life and how she was raised and preserved.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Im not sure there is another ironclad on display anywhere (?). its amazing to see and appreciate what a monster beast this ship was

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Springfield, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a ship from the mid 1800's used during the War of the Revolution. It is located near the end of the tour of the park at the entrance to the cemetery. There is a canopy covering the ship in case of rain. It appears to have been salvaged from the bottom of the river and is nearly complete.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

a must see and make sure you hear the whole story on the what had happened it is amazing on what you will see

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Wales, United Kingdom
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196 reviews 196 reviews
51 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The USS Cairo museum - the only ironclad ship in existence - was part of the tour of the National Military Park. It was a 'surprise' find on the tour and very interesting. The rebuild of the ship after being salvaged from the sea bed is fascinating and the tour of the small museum an added bonus.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Read up on this part and the Cairo before go. There is a lot of information there but a little research before will enhance your visit.

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San Diego, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Museum has an amazing collection of well preserved artifacts that have only recently been recovered. You get a true feeling of what life must have been like on the ship during that time period. The ship itself is a wonder to see.

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SOUTH WEST CITY
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Really enjoyed the U.S.S. Cairo Museum - very unique setting and great presentation of this old old ironclad.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Being from the East, I never realized what a part the navy played locally during the civil war. Found the construction of such an imposing vessel beyond what I had imagined. It was a truly major project to raise and restore such a huge object. We missed it at first when we toured the park so had ot go back... More

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Switzerland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you read about the Monitor and the Merrimac out in the east, the campaigns for Forts Henry and Donelson, and the whole struggle for the Mississippi, you will be delighted to have the chance to see a real ironclad! I liked the way it's presented, with the outer form of the complete ship outlined by newer wooden appliances -... More

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