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“National Museum of the Great Lakes”
Willis B Boyer is a lake freighter that served as a commercial vessel on the Great Lakes for much of the 20th Century, and as of 2013 is undergoing renovation as a museum ship in Toledo, Ohio. The steamship Willis B Boyer began life on 1 July 1911 in Detroit as SS Col James Schoonmaker. At the time of her launch she took the title of Queen of the Lakes which is given to the biggest ship on the Great Lakes. She became the flagship of the Shenango Furnace Company. She broke many cargo records for iron ore, grain and coal in her first year. She was powered by a triple expansion steam engine which was later replaced by a steam turbine in 1955. She sailed as part of the Shenango's fleet until 1969 when she was sold to the Interlake Steamship Co who chartered Col James Schoonmaker to the Republic Steel Corporation. After a three year charter to that company Interlake decided to sell her to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. They operated the laker for 7 years in the iron trade until she was laid up in 1980 due to a downturn in the steel industry which she served. After sitting unwanted for 7 years, the city of Toledo decided to purchase her for use as a museum.
Such a wonderful find here in Toledo! There are two boats to tour(self guided!) and a beautiful Maritime Museum also! The displays are stunning and the information is well-presented! I would... Read more
The museum is a moderately sized set of interlocking rooms with educational materials, as well as one large shipping vessel and one smaller boat which are docked nearby. The option was given to... Read more
Great museum! Friendly and knowledgeable staff with one exceptional artifact, the ship Col James Schoonmaker; we spent over an hour just exploring this wonderfully preserved 100+ year old piece... Read more
National Museum of the Great Lakes
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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