Steamship WILLIAM G. MATHER Museum
Photo Credit: Perry Quan
601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Located at the foot of East Ninth Street and Route 2.
The City of Cleveland led the Great Lakes in the economic value of its shipping and receiving between World War I and World War II as the demand for steel products and military products grew. Leading the fleet form 1925-1952 for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company was the 618-foot-long WILLIAM G. MATHER, a straight deck freighter that operated until 1980. Restored and preserved as a museum ship, the MATHER is open seasonally for visitors to tour and experience life as freshwater sailors as they explore living quarters, the pilothouse and a four-story engine room.
Steamship WILLIAM G. MATHER exhibit, 216.694.2000 or http://greatscience.com/explore/exhibits/william-g-mather-steamship
Open June through August from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Open May, September and October from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8.95 for adults, $6.95 for seniors 65+ and $5.95 for youth (2-12). It is free for Great Lakes Science Center members.