Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Bit of Detroit History

For those of us who were born and raised in Detroit, at least up to the 1960's; who could forget the Bob-Lo Boats?  These boats took millions of people to and from an amusement park near the mouth of Lake Erie called Bob-Lo Island.  The park was closed in the 1990's and sold for private development.  This left the boats in Limbo.  Both boats, the St. Claire and Columbia, were moved down the Detroit River to the Nicholson Drydock in Wyandotte, Michigan.  There the boats were laid up and began to rot.  In the early 2000's one of the boat's was moved by a group of enthusiast to another location for restoration.  The picture shows how badly the Columbia has deteriorated. Taken in 1999 she sits along side her sister, the St. Claire, waiting here fate.

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