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“Cool tour, even better haunted house!”

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
Ranked #10 of 94 things to do in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located at Canal Park, this museum was once an ore boat.
Zürich
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Cool tour, even better haunted house!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

The tour itself that you take in the summer is great--really informative and interesting. But if you're in Duluth around Halloween, you HAVE to check out the Haunted Ship! It's put on by local actors and actresses, and it's sooo neat.

Visited May 2012
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A fun tour for kids of all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Another attraction that my grandchildren love to go. You really learn how life on an oar boat traveling the Great Lakes and Oceans is really like. I think it is a great learning experience for all. If you are handicapped, this is not the tour for you.

Visited June 2012
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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3 reviews
“very interesting tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

The tour guides do a great job of making you feel what life was like on an ore ship working the great lakes. The price of admission is worth the tour.

Visited August 2012
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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“From the Past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Again, if you have the time this is a ncie visit - again unique to the Great Lakes. If you have the time visit the whale back in Superior across from the Paterson hoyuse/Museum in Superior. Bot ships provide a wonderful history of Great Lakes shipping, especially in bringing iron ore to the city of Duluth and farther east to the steel mills of Pitsburgh, etc. So, in two stops, the last the Irving - you have a history of Great Lakes shipping from the last of the whale backs that revolutionize the transport of bulk itesm on the lakes to the Irving which was replaced in the 1970s by the larger one thousand foot steamers. Steamers like the SS Gott replaced four smaller sized Irving class ore transporters. All the vessels like the Irving were decommissioned or sold off - many cut up in the Frazier shipyards in Superior.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Excellent and Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a very entertaining and informative tour of a Great Lakes Freighter. The boat itself was a flagship and a showpiece of its time, and therefore has rather interesting features. The boat is in excellent condition. Our tour guide, a former sailer who sailed for the company that ran this boat, was incredibly personable and entertained our group with informative facts about sailing and lively accounts of first-hand experiences. This was one of the best tours of its type that we have taken. Highly recommended for anyone interested in history, American manufacturing and industry and the maritime arts.

Visited September 2012
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