Steamship William G. Mather, Cleveland

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The Steamship William G. Mather (Official Number 224850) is a retired Great Lakes bulk freighter now restored as a museum ship in Cleveland, Ohio, one of four in the Great Lakes region. She transported cargo such as ore, coal, stone, and grain to ports throughout the Great Lakes, and was nicknamed "The Ship That Built Cleveland" because Cleveland's steel mills were a frequent destination.Note: from 1905 till 1925 the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company had another vessel named S.S. William G. Mather (O.N. 202542) in their fleet, also built by Great Lakes Engineering Works. This former SS William G. Mather was renamed SS J. H. Sheadle in 1925, and SS H. L. Gobeille in 1955. After she had been sold to Gartland Steamship Co. she was renamed SS Nicolet in 1965.HistoryShe was built in 1925 by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan, as the flagship for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company and was named in honor of the then-company president, William Gwinn Mather. William G. Mather remained the Cliffs' flagship until Edward B. Greene (now Kaye E. Barker of the Interlake Steamship Company fleet) was built in 1951-52. She remained an active part of the Cliffs' fleet until the end of the 1980 navigation season.
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  • You don't even have to be a huge fan of steamships to enjoy that visit! William G. Mather is docked on the shore in the most picture-perfect part of Cleveland. You can get aboard, look around, and the...  more »
  • We were staying next door to this in the Harbor. Sadly it was closed when we decided to go in. It is huge from the other side of the pier, from the water. We took nice photos of this in the twilight a...  more »
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  • The SS William G. Mather is a unique experience located north of the Great Lakes Science Center. The science center runs the ship, which is open during spring and summer. You can purchase a joint ticket for both the science center and ship, or just board at the forward gangway and purchase a ticket at the box office located inside the cargo hold. Self guided tours will take you throughout the ship, including seeing where William G. Mather's personal quarters were located on the Cleveland Cliff's flagship. From the cargo hold to the pilot house to the engine room, and more; take a tour to explore the history of one of North Coast Harbors iconic attractions!
  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Steamship William G. Mather (Official Number 224850) is a retired Great Lakes bulk freighter now restored as a museum ship in Cleveland, Ohio, one of four in the Great Lakes region. She transported cargo such as ore, coal, stone, and grain to ports throughout the Great Lakes, and was nicknamed "The Ship That Built Cleveland" because Cleveland's steel mills were a frequent destination.

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