Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 100 Years For SS Valley Camp

An icon in Sault Sainte Marie, and all of the Great Lakes celebrated its 100th birthday Friday.

The Valley Camp was put into service on this date back in 1917 as the SS Louis W. Hill.

She became the SS Valley Camp in 1955, then a museum in the Soo in 1972.

As part of the celebration, the last survivor of the Carl D. Bradley tragedy was on hand to sign copies of his book about the disaster.

Touring the SS Valley Camp brought back memories of his day on the Bradley.

“I went up in the number one cargo hold, I looked around and said "boy, I remember this down here shoveling and then looking around. You just don’t know just how big these ships are until you get aboard and see all of this,” Frank Mays, survivor of Carl. D. Bradley sinking said.

The Jim Robertson Art Gallery was unveiled in the bow of the museum.