MUSKEGON, MI — The U.S.S. Silversides, a World War II submarine that sits in the Muskegon Channel, has recently been featured as one of the top five “boatels” in the world by “MainSail,” a monthly sailing show on CNN.
“Catering for those who seek the romance of the high-seas without sacrificing the creature-comforts of dry land, an increasing number of enterprising hoteliers are converting historic vessels into over-night stays,” reads the story, written by Sheena McKenzie.
The story bills the U.S.S. Silversides as a way for history buffs to “experience life as a World War II sailor – without the combat.” It also highlights the submarine’s distinction as the third most prolific U.S. submarine during the war after it sank 23 Japanese ships.
Accompanying attractions and activities include a visit to the adjacent U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum and a remote operating vehicle (ROV) class, in which participants can build their own underwater robots, the article said.
Denise Herzhaft, business manager of the U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum, said the organization was excited to be included on the list.
“We are delighted,” she said.
Herzhaft said the submarine is a huge draw to the site and attracts Boy and Girl Scout troops, 4-H groups, church groups, reunions and veterans groups. All 72 beds are booked almost every Friday and Saturday throughout the year and during the summer, the Silversides is also occupied on weekdays, she said.
“We are open all year long,” Herzhaft said. “It’s been this way since the late ’80s.”
Overnight stays include a guided historical and mechanical tour of the submarine as well as workshops like knot-tying and Morse code, she said.
Rates are $35 a night Friday through Sunday and $30 Monday through Thursday. The Silversides is also starting to take reservations for 2014, although rates will increase by $2.50 next year, Herzhaft said.
Groups need a minimum of 20 people to make a reservation. For more information, contact the museum at (231) 755-1230.
Source – Mlive.com