Smith River, California: Ship Ashore - Little Museum (Closed)Free museum was in the hold of a former private yacht dragged onto land, below the "Pirates Den" gift shop featuring nautical and pirate kitsch. Reported closed.
Ship Ashore Gift Shop and Museum
- 12370 Highway 101 North, Smith River, CA
- Ship Ashore Gift Shop and Museum, US Hwy 101 and Chinook St. A couple of miles from the Oregon border.
- 2012: museum reported closed. Ship still visible.
Visitor Tips and News About Ship Ashore - Little Museum (Closed)
Ship Ashore - Little Museum (Closed)
Ship Ashore is still closed. No sign of life.[Billbowie, 07/26/2016]
I just called to see if this place would be open over the holidays, because I would be driving through, and unfortunately it is closed for good. I have the most amazing memories of this place, and I am so sad that it has closed down! According to the woman I spoke with on the phone, lawyers from the city shut the place down because the ship was not ADA accessible.[Neon, 12/20/2013]
Ship Ashore Gift Shop
Visible from CA Highway 101 near the Oregon border. Gift shop is housed in a vintage passenger yacht.[Kim Wheeler, 12/30/2012]
Once a millionaire's private yacht, fitted to serve as WWII Navy messenger and weather ship, then decommissioned in 1946. Eventually ended up serving as a dockside restaurant, cocktail lounge and motel office. Since 1965, a landmark, land-bound gift shop and museum. At last report, the museum was closed.
This free museum is in the hold of a beached ship below the "Pirates Den" gift shop that features nautical and pirate kitsch. Ship Ashore is surrounded by a RV park resort. In addition to pirate costumes, WWII artifacts, well-preserved biological and anthropological curiosities, and a VERY LOUD dime-operated musical donkey, visitors will find a diorama of the local fauna rendered in stuffed Beanie Babies with interpretive labels throughout.
The owner indicated that the ship was formerly used as an on-shore restaurant and was converted into its present state in the 1960s.[Leah and Martin Fox, 06/01/2003]
Ship Ashore - Whale Eyeball
Ship Ashore is a huge old ship plunked down right next to Highway 101 and turned into a fantastic kitsch museum/ gift shop. The museum has no discernable theme; there are displays on pirates, local history, military artifacts, marine oddities (a whale eyeball in a jar!!) and stuffed animals. Best of all, admission is free.[Landon Phillips, 05/05/2002]