USCGC Ingham (WPG/WAGC/WHEC-35) is one of only two preserved Treasury-class United States Coast Guard Cutters. Originally Samuel D. Ingham, she was the fourth cutter to be named for Treasury Secretary Samuel D. Ingham. She was the most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet and was the only cutter to ever be awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.
Ingham was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The Treasury Department awarded her contract on 30 January 1934. Her keel was laid on 1 May 1935, and she was launched on 3 June 1936, along with her sisters USCGC William J. Duane (WPG-33), USCGC Taney (WHEC-37) and the USCGC George W. Campbell (WPG-32). Ingham was christened by Ms. Katherine Ingham Brush on that date and the new cutter was formally commissioned on 12 September 1936.
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Brian Lundell | Dec 28, 2017
I love museum ships. They are always so interesting and awesome to check out. The restoration of this ship is amazing, it is beautiful. The exhibits go through the whole ship and shows how the the ship operated and how the crew lived. It goes through the history of this ship and it's just so interesting. The staff here knows everything about this ship and are really nice and will pick your brain. I recommend everyone check out this piece of US history and make a donation to continue to promote the preservation of this ship and our shared history.
Steve Smith | Jan 13, 2018
This is a very neat experience for those who enjoy history. This vessel is filled with everything from the day it was retired. Many of the sailors left their personal effects and most of the equipment was left there. A self guided tour with audio playing along the way let's you know what you're looking at. The cost of entry goes only to preserving and maintaining the ship and keeping it open. All the staff are volunteers. Would recommend going for something different to do if you've been to key West before and are looking for something new to do.
David | Mar 6, 2018
A must see, very historical place to visit. I was in the Navy and I really enjoyed going thru the ship. The tour is not guided, but an information sheet is provided when you start. The are some areas that are inter-active, with speakers explaining what you're looking at.
Janet Hughes-Smith | Jan 31, 2018
We were thrilled to tour the ship and learn it's history. We were so involved with the self guided tour, they were closing the ship before we realized it, and had to leave. Good history lessons take your kids. Thanks to our service personnel for their service!
Mike Williams | Mar 15, 2018
Very interesting self guided tour - lots of maritime and military history well preserved on this decorated Coast Guard cutter. Well worth the admission fee ($10/adult).
Joe & Melonie Dorsey | May 1, 2018
US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham - last US battle ship in the water to have had sunk a WWII U boat. So much more history, she is worth a visit and our support. Our support will help to keep this ship currently moored at the Maritime museum location Key West! best sunset bar none. The museum offers weekend tours of the ship and the deck is available for sunset viewing - check the schedule as you do not want to miss this experience. The staff sells snacks, beer and wine. Best of all, all of the proceeds go to support the ship. Easy access by walk, bike or drive. The parking is great and the new water playground for kids would put Disney to shame.
Maryna Goodman | May 7, 2018
Don't miss an opportunity to see this wonderful piece of history. This ship has a great story to tell and you'll be surprised to learn how many duties US Coast Guard carries around the wold. One of the most decorated ships is totally worth seeing.
Katalin Agoston | May 14, 2018
It's amazing what a little love and care can do! It's a great ship with a great history. There was no café on site but a visit is not expected to last longer than an hour. We arrived quite late, but was welcomed warmly. We're able to walk around the self-guided tour in roughly 50 minutes including watching the main film and listening to most audio in certain areas of the ship.
Mike V | May 19, 2018
We had more fun than we thought. Spent time talking to one of the older workers who shared a lot of extra info. Talked to us about the navy seals training in the bay and with the boat. Also saw dolphins in the harbor... fun time
J Gibbons | Jun 11, 2018
We had a wonderful time visiting the US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham. She sits in an idyllic spot on the south end of Key West. You can sit on the deck and enjoy a cold beverage while watching your kids play on the newly developed playground and splash park (free) The views are incredible, but pale compared to the history of this great ship. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Thank goodness this magnificent treasure is still afloat and open to the public. Take the tour, visit for happy hour on Saturday and Sunday an hour before sunset. Best view and no crowds. Great for for families with kids or adults who are interested in history. Also nearby is the Eco-Discovery Center (free) and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (small fee) which includes one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the historic Fort Taylor (tour is included is entry fee) You can spend a whole day or just a few hours. You won't find a better deal anywhere in Key West.
Gene Griffith | Jul 10, 2018
Great way to spend the 4th of July. This ship was built in 1936 and mothballed in 1988. Lots of history. I can't imagine the contribution the Coast Guard and Navy personnel made to our country's freedom. This boat is exactly as it was when it was taken out of service. It's a Great Museum and worth the time we spent on it.
Kyler Plansky | Jun 20, 2018
A cool United States Coast Guard Cutter near Fort Zachary Taylor State Park that's great to visit if you're interested in history. It may be difficult for smaller children to navigate as the steps are steep, but most people should be able to climb them without difficulty.
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