Museum of the Great Lakes

I had a great time here.

The Museum contains artifacts illustrating the history of shipping on the Great Lakes. But the centerpiece is the bulk carrier “James F Schoonmaker”, built in 1911. For many years she was the longest ship on the Great Lakes. Today she floats in the Maumee River as a museum ship.

Some photos from an afternoon at the museum.

There was a school group on a field trip, so by following along with them I got a guided tour.  🙂

Inside the museum

A diving suit and air pump from the 1930s

The engine plaque from the “Seeandbee”. During World War II, this cargo ship was fitted with a flight deck and used as a practice ship for Navy carrier plane pilots, under the name USS Wolverine.

A life-ring and life raft from the most famous wreck on the Great Lakes, the “Edmund Fitzgerald”

A wooden rib from the “USS Niagara”, the flagship of Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

Commemorative plate from the “South American”, which did tourist cruises on the Great Lakes in the 1950s

The “James Schoonmaker”, docked next to the museum. The ship is so big I couldn’t fit it all in one photo.

Another view from further away

Hatchway to one of the cargo holds

Inside the hold. The ship carried coal, wheat, iron ore, and other bulk cargo.

Crew cabin, shared by four crew members (two were on duty while the other two slept).

The galley

Looking down into the engine room

The engine control panel

The forward superstructure

Looking back over the cargo hatches to the stern superstructure

The pilothouse

A Great Blue Heron forages on shore

 

 

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