Wednesday, July 15 – To continue our sightseeing from yesterday in Saulte Ste.Marie, MI, our next stop was at the Valley Camp Great Lakes Freighter Museum. The Museum is the worlds largest Maritime museum.
The cost for the self-guided tour is $13 per person. Besides touring the deck, the massive inside holds a 20,000 square foot museum with over 100 exhibits! We spent over two hours walking around the ship and loved it! We certainly recommend adding this stop to your itinerary if you visit Saulte Ste. Marie.
The ship, Valley Camp, is 550’ in length, 58’ wide, and has a 31’ draft. It carried 11,500 tons or 500,000 bushels of grain. During its active life, the ship carried about 16 million tons of cargo and sailed over 3 million miles all in the Great Lakes. It had a crew of 29 men.
Early 20th century technology is one display in the Valley Camp's engine room and pilot house. We were able to explore nearly every inch of the ship including the engine room, crew quarters, officer's quarters, captain quarters, pilot house, all the decks, and most interesting a walk on the floor of the cargo hold.
There is an Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit, located in one of the cargo holds. It featuring two lifeboats, the largest pieces of wreckage that were recovered. The wreck of the Fitzgerald is an interesting story we will cover on our next stop at Whitefish Point, MI, at the Shipwreck Museum.
It was a gorgeous day to spend time exploring this freighter. This was a real treat for the both of us. Put it on your bucket list as a must see.
We left Saulte Ste. Marie Thursday morning. We may get a day or two behind in blogging. We will be staying in Newberry for a couple of days. Check back on our next adventure.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!