SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project Columbia, the oldest surviving passenger steamboat in the United States, will revive the grand tradition of the Hudson River excursion steamboats
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The non-profit SS Columbia Project is restoring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamer, the National Historic Landmark vessel SS Columbia. Once restored, Columbia will: 1. Reconnect New York City to the Hudson Valley cities and towns; 2. Operate as a new event venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts and entertainment; 3. Offer immersive, interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs; 4. Self-sustain as a for-profit events space

The non-profit SS Columbia Project is restoring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamer, the National Historic Landmark vessel SS Columbia. Once restored, Columbia will: 1. Reconnect New York City to the Hudson Valley cities and towns; 2. Operate as a new event venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts and entertainment; 3. Offer immersive, interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs; 4. Self-sustain as a for-profit events space

More information about Sarah Elizabeth Ray!
07/29/2020
Sarah Elizabeth Ray: Detroit’s Other Rosa Parks

More information about Sarah Elizabeth Ray!

Join the Freep Film Festival Wednesday, July 29 at 7 pm for a panel discussion of "Sarah Elizabeth Ray: Detroit's Other Rosa Parks". Detroit Free Press Inter...

SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?
07/20/2020
SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?

SS Columbia, Sara Elizabeth Ray... Buffalo?

When the SS Columbia (built in 1902) first floated into Buffalo, no one could have guessed the history that floated along with her. Not only is the Columbia the doppelgänger to Buffalo's once beloved SS Canadiana (only the wheelhouse remains), the ship is also an important piece of black history. Y...

Presenting:Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS ColumbiaA Short Video Produced by Aaron SchillingerZoom Video Confe...
07/15/2020

Presenting:
Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS Columbia
A Short Video Produced by Aaron Schillinger

Zoom Video Conference
with Panel Discussion to Follow Video
Tuesday, July 21, 2020--7:00 PM

To register please visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4642096

Great News!:The National Trust for Historic Preservation have recognized Columbia in the "Where Women Made History" prog...
07/09/2020
Where Women Made History

Great News!:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation have recognized Columbia in the "Where Women Made History" program, honoring Sarah Elizabeth Ray and her fight for justice 1945-1948.

Check it out:
https://contest.savingplaces.org/rajiprz2

Ten years before Rosa Parks was removed from a bus, Sarah Elizabeth Ray was removed from a boat, Steamer Columbia. Sarah's experience (long unrecognized) is now known to have inspired Rosa's. In June 1945, Sarah was aboard Columbia, the sole African American on a celebratory graduation cruise with h...

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
06/22/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Video launch announcement! On this day 75 years ago, a brave African American secretary named Sarah Elizabeth Ray began her fight to integrate the segregated Boblo boat, SS Columbia. Until now, this civil rights hero has been largely forgotten. We want to change that.

We partnered with Detroit writer and activist Desiree Cooper to recreate her fight for equality. Our four-minute, animated short film, “Sarah Elizabeth Ray: Detroit's Other Rosa Parks,” will have its public premiere at the July edition of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers live storytelling event.

Check out these stills from the film and stay tuned for details!

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers®
Desiree Cooper
SS Columbia Project

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
06/19/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

On June 18th, 1898 our beloved Boblo Island opened for the first time. 122 years ago today! We have another important anniversary coming up this weekend. Stay tuned for a special video soon!

Photos courtesy of the Marsh Historical Collection.

04/10/2020

Friends of the SS Columbia, Once again, this grand old lady is facing an existential threat, this time brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Please consider making a donation today- every dollar matters! Thank you, and stay healthy. -The crew of the SS Columbia.

Another magnificent shot from Jim Cavanaugh of James Cavanaugh Photography. Breathtaking view of Buffalo Silo City with ...
01/28/2020

Another magnificent shot from Jim Cavanaugh of James Cavanaugh Photography. Breathtaking view of Buffalo Silo City with Columbia dockside.

An aerial view of some of Buffalo's historic grain elevators along the Buffalo River.

Torn Space Theater
01/17/2020

Torn Space Theater

#tst BURDEN 2016, TST's Roaring 20s on the S.S. Columbia!

SS Columbia Project's cover photo
01/10/2020

SS Columbia Project's cover photo

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah from the SS Columbia!
12/23/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah from the SS Columbia!

$5M Maritime Heritage Grant Funding Approved by Congress!
12/13/2019
$5M Maritime Heritage Grant Funding Approved by Congress!

$5M Maritime Heritage Grant Funding Approved by Congress!

December 12, 2019 Tim Runyan – National Maritime Alliance The House of Representatives last evening approved (377-48) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report authori…

“I would want Columbia to house a performance space where all different types of art would be showcased and experienced....
12/11/2019

“I would want Columbia to house a performance space where all different types of art would be showcased and experienced. And maybe even a cafe/bar— that’d be nice.” Julius Powell, Actor. @julius.jordan What would YOU do with SS Columbia? Travel upriver? Host an event? Let us know! #YourColumbia #sscolumbia #steamboat #nyc #waterfront #arts #theater #historic

“I’d enjoy food and drink on a mobile maritime museum about New York Harbor and the Hudson River, which could involve up...
11/27/2019

“I’d enjoy food and drink on a mobile maritime museum about New York Harbor and the Hudson River, which could involve updated exhibits that make use of state of the art projection and holographic techniques. It would be spectacular indeed if the vessel could be made self-sustaining by means of electric propulsion generated from on board fuel cells. Perhaps the hydrogen could be generated via electrolysis back at the mooring and refilled overnight?” -Chris Coccarro, Senior Broadcast Producer at Merkley+Partners @coccarochris Love your ideas Chris! #YourColumbia What would YOU do with a steamboat in New York? #imagine #sscolombia #historic #steamboat #nyc #sustainability #waterfront #maritime #museum

Save the Date!Giving Tuesday is December 3rd....We'll be in touch
11/23/2019

Save the Date!
Giving Tuesday is December 3rd.
...We'll be in touch

“I would use the boat as a high-end restaurant that also takes people up the Hudson River on a tour.” -Rahul Pillai, Man...
11/20/2019

“I would use the boat as a high-end restaurant that also takes people up the Hudson River on a tour.” -Rahul Pillai, Management Consultant. @rahul.sasi.pillai Next up on #YourColumbia ! Imagine a beautiful traveling restaurant! What would YOU do with a steamboat in New York? DM us if you’d like to be be featured 🚢#sscolumbia #steamboat #historic #nyc #waterfront #traveling #restaurant 🚢 🍽🚢🍽🚢🍽🚢🍽🚢

11/13/2019

We’re kicking off a new series on Instagram: Your Columbia. What would YOU do with a steamboat in NYC? We have been asking all kinds of people to share their ideas and we’re thrilled to open the series with Holly Carter, Founder and Executive Director of BYkids. Head over to our Instagram page to check it out! https://www.instagram.com/p/B40GlZpBIc-/?igshid=m273meu77cmr

11/01/2019
The scan of the SS Columbia

We have a couple big reasons to celebrate this week! November 2 will mark the 40th anniversary of the steamship SS Columbia being added to the National Register of Historic Places. And we're getting the first animations of the photo and laser scans of the ship! These are assembled from the dozens of scan points in and around Columbia. Each scan can contain millions of distance measurements which are saved in a database called a point cloud. Old technology meets new!

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I sailed aboard her in 1975!
i was on the great ship as a kidd in the 70s picked us up in wyandotte mi and my best part that i watched was the engine i am now a marina owner 1 mile north of wer it picked me up
I thought this article would be interesting to your sites followers.
An invitation to Columbia's launch.
This is a question that's been in my head for awhile, When the restoration of Columbia's funnel is complete, will there be some sort of design or coat of arms on it or will it just be a plain black funnel?
If you are a Canadian and you went to Boblo Island, we want to hear from you! This Saturday October 5th (tomorrow) the Boblo Boats film crew will be at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market (from 9am - noon) and the Downtown Amherstberg Waterfront from 1pm - 3pm gathering Boblo memories. If you have stories or thoughts on your times at Boblo please send us a message and we will arrange a time to meet you. We are looking for diverse stories from all people. All participants get a free Boblo postcard! Please message our FB page Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters or send an email to: [email protected] Or just show up at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market from 9am to noon or by the Amherstburg Waterfront from 1pm - 3pm. Thank you, Aaron Schillinger (Director)
Just curious, what source materials (Deck plans, photographs, passenger recollections, or a combination) will be utilized in the restoration of Columbia's interior?
Why does this boat sit idle in Buffalo, NY? I lived there until my recent move to Arizona, there hasn’t been any activity on board this vessel in 2 years. It sits like the ghost ship it is lonely with many people interested in seeing the inside. This could be a great way to raise some funds toward your restoration project. It isn’t doing you or the people of Buffalo, NY any good just being an eyesore on our water. Please come up with a plan to satisfy everyone.
I have a question about the Columbia: when everything is all said and done and you have a majority of the funds to complete the restoration, will the funnel of the ship remain the way it is, or will it be replaced with a funnel that is more accurate to when the ship was first put in to service? (Apologies if that's a little long)
The laser scan phase is ok. That said, as soon as people are convinced that the boat will become something more than a dockside museum attraction like the Queen Mary then donations will flow in....The cost outlay for reconstruction of the steam engine and totally replace the boilers will be prohibitive, not to mention bringing them up to NYS standards. Insurance costs for such a passenger vessel would be sky high.