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“Impressive and moving!”

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 168 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 327 Foot museum ship from WWII and Viet Nam. It is a National Historic Landmark. INGHAM served our country from 1936 to 1988 and in 1985 was the most decorated ship in United States Service as noted in a letter from President Ronald Reagan in the exhibit room. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Farmington, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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“Impressive and moving!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

The ship saw action including in WW II and Vietnam. Its great and extensive history well preserved and explained. Entrance fee is very much worth it.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A wonderful time capsule”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

What a great way to spend a few hours trolling through a ship that is a living time capsule of what it was like to serve on this ship, from the 1930's through to the 80's. Everything was left aboard, right down to the cutlery and crockery when the US Coast Guard turned the ship over as a museum in 1988, after the Ingham had serve the U.S. Coast Guard for a remarkable fifty-two years!
It is a self guided tour, which is great because if you want to linger on the bridge you can do so without holding everybody up. An audio explanation is available in every major ship component, from the wardroom through to the mess without having to cart around portable audio players.
Ship staff (mostly veteran volunteers) are very knowledgeable and they are very patient, willing to answer innumerable questions as to what it was like to serve aboard a vessel like this.
These ships were the workhorses of the fleet and it is remarkable the number of roles they played, from convoy escort duty, to weather station, to amphibious flagship.
The Ingham is both a museum and a monument to those killed serving aboard Coast Guard vessels.

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Go see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Cutter is a self-guided tour. See the ship just as they left it. The volunteers on board are former service people and truly like their job. You can go on so many areas of the cutter and take your time, no one rushes you. It is not appropriate for those with mobility issues, a lot of ladders and stairs. A little confining in some spots. They even let you use the bathrooms the cutter staff used.

Visited January 2013
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“Makes me proud to be an American.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Well worth the money. The displays and pictures were as informative as the ship tour. I can't imagine sleeping in such close quarters or going up and down the ladders in a storm. Friendly staff who will give you tips on where to eat and what else to see in the area.

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MORENO VALLEY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
“Honored warship and good location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

If nothing else, a nice spot on the historic waterfront. Great place to bike around, near Ft Zachery Taylor.

Visited January 2013
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