- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit excursion boat that ferried passengers to the defunct Boblo Island amusement park is on its way to its new home in New York.

The Detroit Free Press and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, report tug boats moved the SS Columbia on Tuesday from a shipyard in Toledo. The boat was there a year for repairs.

The nonprofit SS Columbia Project has spent years working on a multi-million-dollar plan to return the boat to service in the Hudson River Valley. Board member Ian Danic says: “It was spectacular watching the boat go out on the river again.”

The Columbia was launched in 1902. It ferried passengers to Boblo in the Detroit River for decades along with the SS Ste. Claire. The amusement park closed in 1993.




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