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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Steamship William G. Mather and many more Cleveland attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cleveland trip planning tool.
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Awesome place to visit, there's so much to see on this boat! Docents are very friendly and have lots of information.
Awesome place to visit, there's so much to see on this boat! Docents are very friendly and have lots of information. more »
I took my grandson aboard. What a great vessel to walk on. Well worth it to see how the ship worked the Great Lakes. You can visit the wheelhouse, the captains room, the cavernous hold, the engine..... more
I took my grandson aboard. What a great vessel to walk on. Well worth it to see how the ship worked the Great Lakes. You can visit the wheelhouse, the captains room, the cavernous hold, the engine..... more »
If you are attending the science center the tickets are half priced, this is a must do for anyone into history, boats, ships, and historical architecture. I was in love with all of the old wood, brass details, and 1920s architecture. This is definitely something for able-bodied people only, lots of steep ship stairs, and cramped quarters. All of the employees were wonderful, and excited to teach about the ship and its inner workings. This is an absolute gem, and perfect for all ages!
This ship is mind blowing 🤯 it's massive and so much to see in the inside. I recommend getting a tour to see how things operated many decades ago. I loved it very much!
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