Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Ste. Marie

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SS Valley Camp is a lake freighter that served on the Great Lakes for almost 50 years and is now a museum ship in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.HistoryValley Camp was launched in Lorain, Ohio, in 1917 as the Louis W. Hill for the National Steel Corporation. She sailed for this company for 38 years hauling iron ore and coal until 1955 when she was sold to the Wilson Marine Transit Company. It was in this fleet that she received her current name. For this company she carried a wider array of bulk goods including grains and stone. Valley Camp was a member of the Wilson Fleet only until 1959 when the Republic Steel Corporation bought her and several of her Wilson fleetmates, including her identical sister Silver Bay (formerly Albert Heiken of National Steel). Republic kept Valley Camps name, and for that company she hauled iron ore and coal to their mills in Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Indiana Harbor, Indiana. In 1966, Valley Camp made her last voyage. Her age was not an issue in her retirement, but a major problem with a coal-burning boiler was, Her twin, the Silver Bay, went on to sail until the early 1980s.Purchased by Le Sault de Sainte Marie Historical Sites, Inc., for $10,000, the ship was towed from Wisconsin to Sault Ste. Marie on July 6, 1968, during Sault Ste. Marie's tri-centennial celebration. As a museum ship, Valley Camp is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors have the opportunity to explore and look in every nook and cranny of the ship. In addition, the cargo hold houses hundreds of artifacts, paintings, shipwreck items, models, two lifeboats from the wreck of the, and exhibits of objects related to maritime history.
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  • Went on January 11, 2018. The facility was closed for the winter season. It looks like it would be a great experience. I would hope to return & your the museum.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the Valley Camp Museum. Our family is quite interested in ships and our son was excited to actually be on an actual freighter. The displays were interesting, and the lifeboats fr...  more »
  • This place is probably the most thorough history of the shipping industry through the Soo that you'll find. The museum is on an actual retired freighter, and it contains the only surviving lifeboat fr...  more »
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  • 4.5 stars! I've always wanted to sail on an iron boat, but this'll probably be as close as I get to it. Fascinating exhibits, and I loved just wandering throughout the boat. The Great Lakes aquarium was a nice touch. Highly recommend!
  • They have a type of fact hunt sheet that you can get. Made us look a little harder at things and made it fun for the littlier ones. Discounts for other places also.
  • Awesome little museum located within an old freighter. You can see all parts of the freighter from the engine room to the sleeping quarters. It's pretty cool. Not too expensive either.
  • Great museum, lots of artifacts and information. It keeps my children entertained for hours. Great for all ages
  • This ship made me almost wish I had went into the shipping/sailing industry. That is... until we visited the Shipwreck Museum in Whitepoint. Upon which I was immensely happy I didn't..
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