William G. Mather Museum

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The William G. Mather Museum, located just north of the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, is a retired 1925 Great Lakes bulk freighter, permanently docked and open to visitors between early May and late October. Touring this historic ship is a wonderful way to learn more about life and commerce on the Great Lakes.

What Is the William G. Mather?

The Williams G. Mather is an authentic 1925 vintage Great Lakes bulk freighter, a reminder of the golden years of Great Lakes shipping. She was built in Detroit to be the flagship of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company (now Cleveland Cliffs, Inc.). The ship, named after the company's owner, was state-of-the-art at the time and noted for its elegant accommodations and power.

More About the William G. Mather

The William G. Mather is 618 feet long and 62 feet wide. The ship has a 14,000-ton capacity and was one of the first Great Lakes freighters to be equipped with radar. The William G. Mather remained the company's flagship until 1955 and stayed in service until 1980.

A Tall Event

The William G. Mather Museum is a co-host of the Tall Ships Festival, held at the waterfront every third July. This four-day festival features twelve tall-mast sailing ships, accompanied by live music, children's activities, and exhibits on sailing.

Visiting the William G. Mather Museum

The William G. Mather Museum is located at the waterfront in downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the Great Lakes Science Center and within walking distance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Stadium. Parking is available at the Science Center lot of nearby at the stadium.

Both self-guided and escorted tours of the museum are available. Touring the museum involves climbing steep ladders and may not be suitable for all visitors.