Hop Aboard the SS Valley Camp for an Interactive Tour
From years working as a freighter on the Great Lakes, the Valley Camp now stays docked in Sault Ste. Marie as a museum for tourists to explore. The boat takes visitors on a tour of what life on a ship is like, artifacts and other maritime memorabilia.
Originally launching in 1917 as an iron ore and coal hauling vessel. It sailed the Great Lakes under the ownership of the National Steel Corporation. The ships original name was the Louis H. Hill and was later reamed the SS Valley Camp. Most of the loads this ship fulfilled happened to travel to ports in Indiana, Ohio and New York.
The ship is 550 feet long and 31 feet deep. The total tonnage that this ship can transport is around 12,000 gross tons. The coal burning boiler within the SS Valley Camp led the ship to be irrelevant and thus sold out of usage. The ship was purchased by a local historical society in Sault Ste. Marie for $10,000.
The SS Valley Camp was soon converted into a museum that could provide a hands on experience for visitors in the area. The artifacts on display even include some items found from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald that sunk in Lake Superior in 1975.
How to Visit
The Valley Camp Museum is located at 326 Portage Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie. Be sure to wear closed toed shoes for safety as you navigate around the SS Valley Camp. For admission information and hours please visit the official website here.
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