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Smith River, California: Grounded Ship, Former Museum

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 since 2012; the ship is still there.

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.
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Ship Ashore.

Shipashore, Former Pirate Den

This was my favorite place as a kid! Just checked in on it to see what was up. No signs of life or renovations.

[JR Worley, 08/24/2021]

Ship Ashore.

Ship Ashore Little Museum

The museum is currently closed, but the ship is under renovation.

[Julie McHenry, 10/25/2019]

Ship Ashore.

Ship Ashore - Little Museum (Closed)

Ship Ashore is still closed. No sign of life.

[Billbowie, 07/26/2016]
Ship Ashore

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 Gift Shop.

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.

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