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Steamship William G. Mather, Cleveland

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • Despite not having a personal connection to the Great Lakes region, the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald always piqued my interest. So when I discovered the Mather, a somewhat similar ship, I knew I.....  more »
  • Unexpectedly, most family members enjoyed this more than other museums. Interesting view of inside a laker. Hot and lots of stairs, but they warn you before you pay. Affordable at $9.00, took a good.....  more »
  • Awesome museum! The way they have the tour set up is pretty cool, the arrows you follow takes you through every part of the boat. Also the employees working there are amazing, so friendly and informational.
  • Very cool museum and quite affordable. Lots of steep steps so be aware if you have mobility issues. So much fun exploring all the rooms. Recommend for kids and adults alike.

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