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Traditional Geocache

Size Mathers!

Hidden : 6/23/2009
In Ohio, United States
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Do not climb on or over the railings.You don't need to move, touch, dismantle, etc. the surroundings to locate this cache. Check the north eastern cement pylon.
NOTE: This is NOT a Virtual. You need to sign the log. Failure to do so will have your on-line log deleted---BYOP.

The William G. Mather is a retired 618 feet long, 62 feet wide Great Lakes freighter located at the Great Lakes Science Center. The Mather was built in 1925 and served as the flagship for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company - now Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. The Great Lakes Science Center and the Mather are located between Cleveland Browns Stadium and the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A visit to the Mather is well worth the trip.

The following background on the Mather comes from the William G. Mather website:

The Mather was built in Detroit by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan in 1925 served as Cleveland Cliff's flagship until the Edward B. Green (now the Kaye E. Barker of the Interlake Steamship Company fleet) was built in 1952. The Mather remained an active part of the Cliffs's fleet until the end of the 1980 navigation season.

In 1985, Cleveland-Cliffs sold its two remaining operating steamers to Rouge Steel Company, and gradually sold off its idle vessels until only the Mather remained. In December, 1987, the Steamship William G Mather was donated to The Great Lakes Historical Society.

The Society began preparations for the Mather's new career as a museum ship. After she was brought to Cleveland in October of 1988 and funding acquired from local foundations, corporations, and individuals, restoration began. In October 1990, she was moved to her berth at the East Ninth Street Pier on Cleveland's North Coast Harbor, and work continued. On September 24, 2005 the Mather was moved to a new location just north of the Great Lakes Science Center at Dock 32.

There are some old photos of the Mather at the William G. Mather Photo Gallery

The waterfront area provides some great views of the city's skyline and Lake Erie. There are some great photo opportunities here. Please upload a photo or two.You can also watch aircraft land and take off from nearby Burke Lakefront Airport. In addition to the Science Center, Brown's Staduim and Rock Hall you can walk to nearby Voinovich Bicentennial Park – home to a local cruise line, skate board park, and site of a number of festivals and events throughout the year. Out of town visitors can skip the traffic by taking the RTA Waterfront Line from Tower City and get off at the North Coast Station (Rock Hall).

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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904 Logged Visits

Found it 813     Didn't find it 36     Write note 29     Temporarily Disable Listing 3     Enable Listing 2     Publish Listing 1     Needs Maintenance 10     Owner Maintenance 5     Update Coordinates 2     Post Reviewer Note 3     

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Last Updated: on 7/29/2015 3:11:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:11 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum