Oh, There Were Once Great Ships On Our Mighty River!

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    So there I was... (On Black)

    rutting through some boxes for some tax documents and BAM, look what I found!
    If grew you up in Detroit between 1910 and the early eighties this should make you smile. This is an Detroit icon for all us kids that had to run the concrete jungle during the dog days summer. As I remember there were few things better than to take that first step onto the boat full of excitement waiting for those big steam monsters to start up, or catching that breeze in the face, any hot August morning while traveling the island. To be honest I can still feel that gentle wind as I ran what seemed like endless decks, it’s wonderful. Cruising to and from Bob-lo was the perfect way to cap off the season before the return of school and gray skys.

    This is the S.S Columbia one of “twin steam boats” made for the Detroit, Windsor, and Belle Isle Ferry Company to cruise the Detroit River in-between the ice flows. I remember it was just cool to sit and watch them lazily make their way up and down the any day you were downtown, or to hear the voices bouncing off the wateras a ship full of revelers lost themselves on hot night while I caught a breeze with pops. If I miss anything it’s the late afternoon picnics with my family we had on that amusement island (Mangos! who knew?). This was one the best things about being in the city as a kid it saddens to think me my friends will never treat their children to such a day.

    Oh well all good things come to an end....
    The question is when will the bad things?


    (BTW the boat is moving to capture it right in between those towers... a good day right? ;^)

    To farlane... (if you need the code to embed this one let me know)

    firelog1970, farlane, LindaB., and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Ted Fines [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

      thanks tony!

    2. lorainedicerbo 86 months ago | reply

      Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories! I truly miss those boats.

    3. btpics 86 months ago | reply

      I loved that place.

    4. LindaB. 86 months ago | reply

      Don't give up hope, we are working hard to get the Ste. Claire back up and running so there will be new memories to create. I am glad you found this old photo and posted it.

    5. "CAVE CANEM" 86 months ago | reply

      Welcome all... it's a pleasure to share.

    6. the urban picasso 86 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the memories.. Not only did I make several cruses with family and friends, I ran a entertainment booking and management company( in the late 80's) called "Unnown Productions" that rented one of the boats (it escapes me which one) for a 2-3 hour cruise, a loop to Lk.St Clair and back, to promote some bands we were handeling( The Look, Adrenalin, Cobalt blue and the Emissions)played during the cruise.I advertised on the big three rock stations at the time,WRIF,WABX and WWWW. Rental was commonplace., and we actually made money on the cruise, about $4500, after covering the rental ($7600), advertising, food and beverage.

    7. basha04 86 months ago | reply

      what a great memory! Thanks Cave!

    8. farlane 86 months ago | reply

      This photo has been blogged to Michigan in Pictures.

      I think I might have found a couple treats for you too, CC!

    9. mariafernandez001 70 months ago | reply

      Oh My God!! What memories that boat brings back. When I was a little girl in the late '60s and early '70s, I remember going on either of the two boats to Bob-Lo Island with my parents and older sister. It is ashamed that Detroit no longer has the amusement park or the boats to cruise up and down the river.

      Your photo really brought back some wonderful memories.

    10. Barry Bapper 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Essex County Boat Watching, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. farlane 52 months ago | reply

      Hey CC - long time no see. I blogged (re-blogged?) this to Absolute Michigan.

      Good DAY sir!

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