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“Great Lakes history you can climb on/in”

Steamship William G. Mather
Ranked #33 of 186 things to do in Cleveland
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Owner description: The 618-foot-long Mather, a restored 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, is a floating maritime museum.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
652 reviews
239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
“Great Lakes history you can climb on/in”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

This is a BIG ship that is a part of Great Lakes history - not to be missed. There are interesting exhibits in the hold on a variety of GL-related topics. They advertise a "self-guided" tour but we had excellent personal guides pretty much the whole time. You get to see almost everything on board - wheelhouse, officers quarters, passenger rooms, cooking/dining spaces, crew quarters, engineering areas, engines, etc. Something of interest for everybody! The ship is moored at a dock behind the Science Center so you can do both or either one if you wish.

Visited June 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a part of history preserved”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

this is one of those stops all history buffs and families must tour

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Newton Falls
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ships?”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

Want to know what a big ship looks like on the inside? This is the ship for you! Enjoyed the tour!

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Bellingham, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great views while strolling the deck. Pefectly located historic ship.”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

This is a fun counterpoint to the Rock 'n Roll Museum, located around the waterfront park. Enjoy the wonderful stroll down the long ship; you'll have great view and photo opps. Better cared for and furnished than many historic ships, enjoy the a nicely prepared historic displays. State-of-the-art for its time and a tribute to shipbuilding and Great Lakes industry. Docent is knowledgeable but not controlling, very fun. You'll be better off with your hands free - to hold on while climbing steps - and with comfy shoes. As you exit you'll see some cool little interactive displays (mmm... mechanical advantage using blocks...) and a small book shop.

Visited October 2011
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great way to spend a day !”
Reviewed October 3, 2011

I have toured this steamship three times in the last two years and learn more with each visit. What a wonderful tribute to the Great Lakes shipping industry and glimpse into the lives of its officers and crew. In wanting to view all areas, I recommend flat soft sole shoes, no kids under age 5 ( ladderways are difficult to negotiate with a child ) and no physical limitations.

Visited June 2011
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