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Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« on: August 15, 2015, 11:46:16 AM »

I'm sure lots and lots of Monroe county residents have made the trip to Boblo over the years.  Many most likely took one of the two 'Boblo Boats'.  Back when they were first running to Boblo they would stop at the Monroe Piers to pick up passengers and many of the south county residents might have boarded in Toledo.

Now, the two boats are gone and the Island has become a residential area.  So much for that history ;) ;) ;)

Please share your memories of the island and the boat rides.

One of the boats has been in the news a lot lately as it is being prepared to be moved to the eastern tip of Lake Erie for extensive renovation before being put back into service hauling passengers on the Hudson River in New York.

Article from The Blade on the recent repairs just to make the boat seaworthy enough to travel the length of Lake Erie:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/08/14/Boblo-boat-gets-ready-to-ship-out-across-Lake-Erie.html

Article with several historic photos from the Detroit News:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/08/03/boblo-boats-opposite-courses/31090389/

This is an article with a video also from the Detroit News:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/08/03/boblo-boats-opposite-courses/31090389/
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »

This couple has fond memories!

https://instagram.com/p/6VtIwwn3Ji/
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2015, 08:55:32 PM »

Dave did a good job on that story.

I have heard several talk about going there back in the day.  I think I may have missed the time window, but it sounded like it would have made a great little road/afternoon boat trip.
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2015, 10:08:58 AM »

I used to see the boat almost daily in the summer, loading coils at Nicholson Treminal behind Great Lakes Steel where it was moored.
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2015, 11:31:52 AM »

I 've been there 3 or 4 times the last time was 1976 when I worked at Lazboy. They had their company picnic there and paid everyone's way.
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2015, 07:31:45 AM »

I used to see the boat almost daily in the summer, loading coils at Nicholson Treminal behind Great Lakes Steel where it was moored.

The 'twin' to that one is still up there in the Downriver area somewhere.  That is the one that is running out of options...  and time!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2015, 10:55:16 AM »

Timely article on the Ste. Clair with plenty of mentions of the Columbia!

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/08/22/boblo-boat-ste-claire-detroit/32159373/
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2015, 10:19:58 AM »

I think I would save the prop and scrap the rest.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2015, 10:09:59 PM »

I think I would save the prop and scrap the rest.

I read that the mechanicals were in amazing shape considering that it sat in wet dock for so long  Must be the zebra mussles scoured the hull regularly.....

The one sitting in wet dock by Nichholson Terminals in Ecorse is a wreck from what I can see.....

Someone is dumping a ton of money into it.....
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2015, 10:16:20 PM »

The 'twin' to that one is still up there in the Downriver area somewhere.  That is the one that is running out of options...  and time!

Thats the one I mentioned in the previous post.  It's in BAD shape....
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2015, 09:04:44 PM »

On Ride Video of Sky Streak at Bob Lo Island outside of Detroit.


"Boblo Memories"


Boblo Island - a family trip to an abandoned amusement park
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Re: Boblo Island and their historic steamboats
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2015, 08:50:45 AM »

Great finds Tiny :) :) :)
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