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“A Legend of a Ship”

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 169 things to do in Key West
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Legend of a Ship”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Like time stands still....great tour of a really neat ship. Self guided tour, took almost 2 hours, great info, great staff.

Visited January 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Equal of Most Maritime Museums”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The Ingham is a significant vessel in and of itself. Launched around 1935, it saw service throughout WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf. During WWII, the Ingham sank at least one German U-Boat (some sources say two, but the ship carries a marking for only one). About halfway through the tour, visitors come to a relatively large room (crew's mess) which has been converted into a museum. Both the Ingham and the Coast Guard in general are featured. It's worth a careful look. As with all floating museums, visitors make their way through the decks and cabins, using the existing companionways and ladders. It's not a tour for those who have trouble walking or climbing, or who are bothered by confined spaces. Tall people need to watch our heads, and a glance downward now and then can prevent tripping over a hatch coaming. The Ingham is over seventy-five years old, and it shows. A little sprucing up is definitely in order. In particular attention needs to be given to a couple of displays whose placards mention features that aren't there any more. In addition, some directional signs were simply taped to the bulkheads and have curled so badly they are unreadable. For all of that, if you've seen Old Ironsides or the Midway, or even been on the Queen Mary at Long Beach, you'll appreciate the Ingham.

Visited January 2014
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newark, Delaware
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96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Anchors Away”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

I really enjoyed taking the tour of the inside quarters of this ship. Seeing all the old sewing machines and typewriters was interesting. I would not take very small children here - but from about fifth grade up it would be educational. A small fee is charged to help maintain the ship. My husband served in the Navy and loved this your.

Visited June 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great history lesson”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Everyone should take the kids and themselves to learn about history. Very informative on-your-own tour.

Visited January 2014
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Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing insight into the life of a sailor!”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

I actually spent 5 years in the Navy and never spent 1 day on a ship. I had no idea what life would of been like and I also realize this ship is nothing like the ones today, but it still gives you an idea. This floating museum is a way to see how difficult life must of been for these men during WWII and later. The people keeping this thing going are doing an amazing job and I hope they are able to keep it alive for generations to come. Best thing about this ship and tour is you get to see it almost exactly like it was for all those sailors right up to the last day they were there. It is like frozen in time and they just walked off the ship their last day and that was it. Amazing tour and worth the $10 and more!!

Visited January 2014
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