Mather Towed to New Lakefront Home at Dock 32

The Str. William G. Mather, a museum ship docked in Cleveland, Ohio, cast off her lines and was moved to a new location on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Two Great Lakes Towing Company tugs took the former Cleveland Cliffs flagship in tow at East Ninth Street Pier, which had served as her home for 14 years, and moved her to Dock 32 just north of the Great Lakes Science Center at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. The move took less than an hour to complete. The Mather recently signed a 99-year lease with the city of Cleveland for use of Dock 32 as her new permanent home.

The following photographs were taken on the morning of Saturday, September 24, 2005, as the William G. Mather, “The ship that built Cleveland,” was towed to her new home.

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Mather at East Ninth Street Pier Raising the gangway Bob Martel and Ken Gerber
on the Mather’s deck
Capt. Harry Anderson in the wheelhouse CFD Fireboat Anthony J. Celebrezze
salutes the Mather
Great Lakes tug Mississippi on the bow
“G” tug Iowa on the stern Mississippi and Iowa back the Mather out of her berth
Moving across the harbor Inner harbor entrance
Approaching Dock 32 Ken’s descent to the dock Ken secures a line
Mark Weston is lowered to the dock on the boatswain’s chair
Mississippi throws off the tow line Moving a line to shift the boat forward Capt. Harry Anderson
and some of the volunteers
Unloading the gangway The Mather’s new home at Dock 32 View from across the harbor

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