The Boblo boats still exist and a documentary about them is hitting theaters
A documentary is now set to hit theaters looking at the history of Boblo Island amusement park and the two oldest surviving passenger steamboats in the U.S.“Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale,” will be in select Michigan theaters this September. The film is narrated from the perspective of the SS Columbia, one of the Boblo boats, and follows the efforts to save her sister ship, the S.S. Ste Claire. The film has made the rounds at film festivals across the country, including locally at the 2021 Freep Film Fest. As for the SS Columbia, it’s currently owned by a New York-based nonprofit which is restoring the ferry into a traveling museum and event space in Buffalo. “Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale” opens in select Detroit area theaters on September 16 and will expand to more locations in the following weeks.mlive.com
Freighter aground on Detroit River now freed
DETROIT – A freighter that ran aground on the Detroit River has been freed Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the the Harvest Spirit has been refloated and will undergo further inspection. The 500-foot freighter Harvest Spirit, aground in the Detroit River since Wednesday morning, was successfully refloated this afternoon and is safely anchored in U.S. waters while awaiting a thorough inspection. News release: https://t.co/uso2FQQpnp pic.twitter.com/L3X47zJDww — USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) December 4, 2020Shipping was routed to Detroit River’s Amherstburg Channel, east of Bois Blanc Island. The Detroit River is one of the busiest rivers for commercial shipping on the planet.
Freighter runs aground in Detroit River
DETROIT – A freighter ran aground in the Detroit River’s Livingstone Channel at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Boat traffic is being redirected as crews are working to free the Harvest Spirit, a Canadian vessel built in 2012. The ship was headed toward Thunder Bay in Ontario, just north of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, when it went aground between Grosse Ile and Bois Blanc Island.
The story of Boblo Island
Boblo (or Bob-Lo) sparks memories for many adults who spent summers riding the ferry to Boblo Island, visiting its amusement park or just enjoying a picnic. They transformed the island into an amusement park, including a coaster, Ferris wheel, fun house and more. (From 2018: Old Boblo Island boat catches fire at Detroit marina)BOBLO BOAT TOUR: Take a video tour of the historic boat that traveled the Detroit River for 81 years. http://bit.ly/2cIo6Ny (Video by Alex Atwell) Posted by WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit on Wednesday, September 28, 2016Vintage Boblo Boat (Video)VINTAGE BOBLO: Throwback video of the old Boblo boat and Boblo Island. Here are some we found on various blogs and forums:I was one of the last generations of people who were able to enjoy Bob-Lo island amusement park.