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, but 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.

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.

Ship Ashore - Little Museum

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]

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