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The Steamer William G. Mather Collection

The Steamer William Mather

Built in 1925 during the golden years of American Lakes steamships, the Steamship William G. Mather was the flagship for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company (now Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.), and, at the time, was a state-of-the-art freighter with respect to capacity, power and accommodations. Today, the restored steamer, currently located at the East Ninth Street Pier, is now "northeast Ohio's only floating martime museums" and part of the Great Lakes Science Center.

The collection includes records from Cleveland Cliffs Archives, ship records, personal corporate files and personal papers. Highlights include Ship Logs (1961-1980), Chief Engineer Smooth Logs (1977-1980), United States Coast Guard Certificate of Inspections (1953-1982), Labor Arbitration and Union files (1930’s - 1970’s), Personnel information including employee cards detailing nationality, Injury and Sickness Reports, sample forms, vessel accidents, mechanical details, operational records, reports and charts, and payroll/financial journals and published reports. The collection also includes photographs and slides.

Document Series by Subject - Financial

Contents Year Container # Folder #
*Operational Financials (Bound) 1972 14 0
Cash Log - Marine Division 1979 10 0
Cleveland-Cliffs - Merrill Lynch 1976 9 209
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1972 9 210
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1977 9 211
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1978 9 212
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1980 9 213
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1981 9 214
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1982 9 215
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1983 9 216
Cleveland-Cliffs Annual Report 1990 9 217
Cleveland-Cliffs Investor Report 1955 9 208
Financial Closing Information (Bo 1973 14 0
Fleet Reports Profit/Loss 197 14 0
Fleet Reports Profit/Loss 1973 14 0
Income Statements (Bound) 1971 14 0
Interim Capital Contruction Fund 1972 14 0
Lake Freight Revenue Journal - Ma 1975-1976 10 0
Petty Cash Account Report 1979 9 203
Tonnage Financials (Bound) 1972 14 0
Vessel Operating Journal 1971-1972 10 0
Wage Increases - Licensed and Unl 1946-1960 53 0

Document Series by Subject - Labor

Contents Year Container # Folder #
Seamen's Union Local 5000 1970, 71, 74 ,80 8 157
Buffalo Storage Cargo - Accident 1964 8 142
Deckwatch Work Report Forms 1966 8 152
E.G. Greene Grievance File 1971 8 155
Labor 1965, 1966 8 150
Labor Arbitration 1973 8 156
Labor Agreement - Lic. Engineers, 1977-1980 8 163
Labor Agreement - Licensed Engine 1969 8 158
Labor Agreement - Licensed Engine 1977 8 161
Labor Arbitration 1960 8 149
Labor Election & Wages - Licensed 1958-1969 8 144
Lake Carriers' Association Cance 1983 8 166
Lake Carriers' Association, "The 1956 8 165
Lake Carriers' Association Crew L 1980 12 281
Lake Carriers' Association, Preve 1913, 1914, 1915 8 164
Marine Repair Shop File 1966 8 153
Masters, Mates & Pilots 1967 8 154
Masters, Mates & Pilots Labor Ele 1949-1958 8 140
Masters, Mates & Pilots Labor Ele 1957, 1962, 1965 8 141
MEBA Union 1970's 8 159
Monthly Meeting Report - Local 50 1978 12 277
Seafaring Wage Rates (Bound) 1967 8 146
Seniority Letter - "Famous" 1932 8 139
Seniority List - Deck Department 1967 12 278
Seniority List - Licensed Mates 1980 8 162
Survey of Licensed Officers - Am 1957 8 148
Union Dues - Unlicensed Men 1975 8 160
Wage Scales 1951-1970 8 145
Wage Scales 1964-1971 8 147
Welfare Plan - Licensed Officers 1945-1969 8 143
Wiper Works Report s - Str. W.A. 1966 8 151

Document Series by Subject - Newsletter

Contents Year Container # Folder #
Catholic Maritime News 1980 13 322
Cleveland Cliffs Newsletter - Mar 1977, 1978 13 306
Cliffs Clipper 1979-1981 51 0
Cliffs Clipper 1982 13 308
Cliffs News 1962, 66, 68,
78-81
13 304
Cliffs NewsLetter 1979 51 0
Cliffs Newsletter - Cleveland Edi 1973,74,76-1982 13 307
Cliffs Wind Jammer 1942 13 305
Great Lakes News 1950 13 303

Document Series by Subject - Personal

Contents Year Container # Folder #
Album 1938 50 0
Certificate and License 1943, 1945 15 330
Certificate of Discharge 1948 15 331
Certificate of Discharge 1957 15 329
Certificates, License & Death Not 1940's 15 327
Continuous Discharge Book 1937 15 332
Continuous Discharge Book 1943-1947 15 333
License 1978 15 335
Personal Notes? 9 174
Personal Papers, Certificate and 1940's 15 334
Scrap Book (Wooden) 1941-1942 50 0
Seaman ID Card 1937 15 328

Document Series by Subject - Personnel

Contents Year Container # Folder #
Aetna Insurance Claim 1981 15 336
Certificate of Discharge Pad 1978 9 173
Corporate Office Personnel Listin 9 175
Customs & Immigration 12 279
Depression Wage Plan 1938 12 276
Discharge Reports 1978 9 180
Dispatchers Work Schedule 1977 11 229
Employee Cards 1951 9 167
Employment Reports 1978 9 181
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Broc 53 0
Injury & Sickness Reports 1976-1980 9 184
Insurance Information File 1975, 1980 9 188
Master's Certificate of Service 1975, 1979 9 182
New Shipboard Personnel, Helpful 9 168
Overtime Work Report 1980 9 204
Pay Advance Register 1978 9 199
Pay Advance Register 1979 9 200
Pay Advance Register 1979 9 201
Pay Advance Register 1980 9 202
Pay Rate Schedule 1965 53 0
Payroll Data - Vessel Crew List 1975-1978 54 0
Reprimand Notices 1974, 1980 9 179
Summer Leave Crew List 1977 9 172
Supervisor's Check List 9 177
Transportation Expenditures Pd fr 1979, 1980 53 0
Unlicensed Personnel Questionnair 1979 9 178
Wage Scales 1953-1960 12 274
Wage Scales - Unlicensed Personne 1917-1954 53 0
Wages Paid 1941-1944 53 0
Work Report - Deckwatch 1966 12 275

Photograph Series

Contents Year Container # Folder #
Bailey System and Bow Thruster 1964 100 700
Repowering 1954 100 701
Str. William G. Mather 1924,47, 69, 70 100 702
VHF/FM Radio Telephone Installation 100 704
William G. Mather 100 705
Capt. Charles Anderson 1925 102 725
Str. William G. Mather 1969 102 726
Str. William G. Mather 102 727
Str. William G. Mather 102 728
Str. William G. Mather 102 729
Str. William G. Mather 102 730
Str. William G. Mather 102 731
Negatives 102 735
Str. William G. Mather 103 736
Str. William G. Mather - Interior 1925 103 737
Str. William G. Mather Pictorial Hi 103 738
Bailey Controls 103 740
Str. William G. Mather 104 0
Cleveland Cliffs Flagships 1888-1952 105 0
Str. William G. Mather 105 0
Str. William G. Mather - Duluth, I 1942 105 0
Hullet Unloaders 100 703
Cleveland Cliffs Steamers 1949 100 706
Str. Ishpeming 100 707
Str. Cadillac 100 708
Str. Champlain 100 709
Str. Cliffs Victory 1951 100 710
Aerial Bridge - Duluth Harbor 100 711
Captain - Unidentified 100 712
Two Harbors - Minnesota 100 713
Steamers, Miscellaneous 100 714
Marine Fuel Oil Boat 100 715
Str. William P. Snyder Jr. 101 716
Str. H. L. Gobeille 101 717
Str. Walter A. Sterling 101 718
"Marine News" 1969 101 719
Str. Frontenac 101 720
Str. Presque Isle 101 721
Str. Thomas F. Patton 1974 101 722
Str. J.H. Sheadle 1948 101 723
Cleveland Cliff Steamers 101 724
Lake Vessels 102 732
Cleveland Cliffs Vessels 102 733
Lake Vessels and Cleveland Cliffs S 102 734
Hullet Unloaer 103 739
Cleveland Cliffs Steamers 103 741
Str. Champlain - St. Lawrence - Grt 103 741
Steamers - Poe Lock 103 742
Cleveland Cliffs Steamers 103 743
Ferry - Cleveland, Put-In-Bay & Tol 104 0
Fishing Steamer - John Pridgeon Jr. 104 0
Lake Vessel 104 0
Lake Vessel 104 0
Str. Herbert C. Jackson 104 0
Lake Ontario Bathymetric Chart 1985 105 0
Str. Gene C. Hutchinson 105 0
Str. Henry Steinbrenner 1940 105 0

Slide Series

Contents Folder #
Mather Loading - Unloading 502
Str. William G. Mather 520
Str. William G. Mather 521
Str. William G. Mather, Cliffs Victo 523
Coal Dock - Muny - Loading 500
Str. Champlain, Soo Locks, Coal Dock 501
Str. Cliffs Victory 503
Str. Cliffs Victory 504
Str. Cliffs Victory 505
National Steel Corp. - Str. Ernest T 506
Str. Cliffs Victory 507
Str. Cliffs Victory 508
Str. Cliffs Victory 509
Str. Cliffs Victory 510
Str. Cliffs Victory 511
Str. Cliffs Victory 512
Str. Cliffs Victory 513
Str. Edward B. Greene 514
Str. Edward B. Greene & Frontenac, E 515
Escanaba, Marquette, 516
Str. Pontiac, Tonawanda Storage 517
Tonawanda Storage, Str. Cliffs Victo 518
Str. Edward B. Greene 519
Schooner Marge Tielke, Turbine & Gea 522
Installation of Gears 524
War Ships 525
War Ships, Lighthouses 526
Steamer, War Ship, Cleveland City Ou 527
War Ships, Tug, Sailors, Streamer 528
Lakescape, War Ship, Locks 529
Str. Edward B. Greene, Lakescape, Wi 530