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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
Phone Number: +1 216-574-6262
12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Unique Cleveland attraction

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Warren, Michigan
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Campmaster55
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Christopher C
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Okemos, Michigan
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62 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We were in Cleveland weekend of the 12th, this was on my list of things to do. After walking 15 or so minutes in blazing heat we arrived just to see that it didn't open until 11:00....it was only 10:00. Very disappointed that we couldn't take a tour but I got a few decent photos. I've been fascinated watching oar/cargo... More 

Thank Mitzi301
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48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

At first we weren't sure if we wanted to do this but now glad we did! Great to see the history of this steamship on our self guided tour. It took us approx. an hr and a half to walk through it. There are human guides (students) along the way if you have questions. Well worth the tour for those... More 

North Manchester, Indiana
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Fascinating to tour everything from the Captains quarters to the engine rooms and a whole lot in between. Ship was built in the 1920's and doesn't seem to have been modified much over the years. Easy to imagine what it would have been like crossing the lakes in this vessel. This is not handicap accessible - but if it was... More 

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