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Steamship William G. Mather

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Address: 1001 E 9th St, North Coast Harbor Park, Cleveland, OH 44114-1003
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The 618-foot-long Mather, a restored 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, is a...

The 618-foot-long Mather, a restored 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, is a floating maritime museum.

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You get to go deep in the bowels of the ship. It is free with science Center nextdoor. I'm not sure if it is a basic science center ticket. We went on board after it rained. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get to go deep in the bowels of the ship. It is free with science Center nextdoor. I'm not sure if it is a basic science center ticket. We went on board after it rained. The deck was very slippery. Just a warning. I think that you can go more places in the Mather than a normal ship.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

I'm not one for history but this was amazing. The restoration of the ship is original and to visually see the size of the area they use to transport material was huge. The view of Cleveland and Lake Erie is beautiful.

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Thank FourSisters2016
Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

beautiful ship...each level is accessed by climbing up or down an attached ladder...not for the weak and wear tennis shoes not sandals. the furniture is antique original and the dining room is set up to reflect the era of travel seen by this rustic steamship. this is a must see.

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Thank susiebonnet
Cleveland, Ohio
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97 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure how many places you can go and see an authentic steam ship with cargo bay area's and Captain's Quarters. Personally I've never seen one in another city so I would say this and the USS Cod (submarine from world war ll), especially USS Cod, is definitely worth seeing. The Mather it's absolutely fascinating and it's a self-guided... More 

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Thank svact
Warren, Michigan
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

For those folks interested in maritime or Great Lakes history, this is a must see. Other reviewers have noted that the ship was boring and involved going up and down narrow steep stairways. Well folks, that was life on a freighter. These are both homes and workplaces all rolled into one. Glitz and glamour got left at the dock. It... More 

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Thank Campmaster55
Philadelphia
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Bottom line: Very hot in the summer. Old but nice history. Worth it if you think the admission is going to maintain and help restore the ship. We got these tickets when we bought our Great Lakes Science Center. We visited during Summer and it was HOT. We had to rush through. If you are going to do this tour,... More 

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Thank Loreen B
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

If you are interested in Great Lakes maritime shipping & history, the William G. Mather provides great insight into the subject. Most, but not all, of the exhibits you encounter upon first entering the former cargo hold to start the tour are geared more towards school children. It is the rest of the ship that makes the tour worthwhile. Those... More 

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Thank Christopher C
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

I've toured other ships at other cities and this one offers good history about the Great Lakes and the ships that made Great Lakes industries and travel of goods possible. Not a whole lot of interactive exhibits, but the docents there had a lot of good information that added to the tour.

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Thank Lisa S
Okemos, Michigan
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

It was an interesting tour of a steamship that worked the Great Lakes. The crew quarters were quite large and the rooms for guests were luxurious for the time. The engine room was the most interesting part. Walking up and down the stairs could be tricky for some. I ended up carrying my four year son down the stairs as... More 

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Thank MSUBones2010
Cleveland, Ohio
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

An exceptional study of a ship that delivered ore on the Great Lakes, with open facilities to explore from technical to what helped the crew to relax during long journeys.

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