SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project Steamer Columbia, the oldest surviving passenger steamboat in the United States, will revive the grand tradition of the great American excursion steamboats.
(40)

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

Operating as usual

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 5, Untapped New York is presenting a virtual tour and talk featuring the SS Colum...
04/27/2021
Explore the SS Columbia, America's Oldest Passenger Steamer - Untapped New York

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 5, Untapped New York is presenting a virtual tour and talk featuring the SS Columbia!
Join Co-Chair Ian Danic and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Desiree Cooper for this live event. Book now at Untapped New York!
https://untappedcities.com/2021/04/14/ss-columbia-oldest-passenger-steamer/

Join a virtual tour of the SS Columbia, America's oldest surviving passenger, steamer currently docked in Buffalo, NY!

Friends,If you could help support our work restoring Steamer Columbia, we would be hugely appreciative.Be a mini-philant...
04/21/2021
Restoring the SS Columbia -Matching Funds

Friends,

If you could help support our work restoring Steamer Columbia, we would be hugely appreciative.

Be a mini-philanthropist. You’ll feel great if you make a few of your hard earned bucks available to save an important piece of history.

Donations of all sizes welcome. Even a few bucks helps.

Thank you!

.../Ian

APRIL UPDATE !! We've just recieved a $5000 donation in shares of stock! Please join our suppporters and help restore this grand old beauty! Built in 1902, Steamer Columbia is truly the last of her kind. The SS Columbia Project is restoring the boat and will return her ...

Worth watching. Interesting history of Bois Blanc Island, Boblo amusement park, Columbia and Ste Claire.
02/04/2021
"Boblo Memories"

Worth watching. Interesting history of Bois Blanc Island, Boblo amusement park, Columbia and Ste Claire.

A channel 4 documentary narrated by Mort Crim.

SS Columbia Project
01/09/2021

SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project's cover photo
01/09/2021

SS Columbia Project's cover photo

SS Columbia Project
01/09/2021

SS Columbia Project

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra uses Silo City and Columbia as backdrop! Check out the BPO "Out of the Box" series an...
01/08/2021
BPO Out of the Box | Buffalo's Grain Elevators and Silos

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra uses Silo City and Columbia as backdrop!

Check out the BPO "Out of the Box" series and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, the "American Quartet" and look for Columbia at 1 minute 6 seconds (1:06) and 11 minutes 8 seconds in (11:08).

https://youtu.be/CexxyS96s74

BPO Out of the Box: Virtual Version is a traveling music video series that highlights the beauty of the WNY region, showcases the talent of our musicians, re...

SS Columbia Project
01/08/2021

SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project's cover photo
01/08/2021

SS Columbia Project's cover photo

Great news! Our GoFundMe campaign is halfway to its goal! Thanks to all who've contributed so far, and if you haven't ye...
01/01/2021
Restoring the SS Columbia -Matching Funds

Great news! Our GoFundMe campaign is halfway to its goal! Thanks to all who've contributed so far, and if you haven't yet- Help us get there!
https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

Built in 1902, Steamer Columbia is truly the last of her kind. The SS Columbia Project is restoring the boat and will return her to the waters as an iconic historic vessel and cultural and educational resource. But we need your help. Time is running out ...

Friends,Our website is temporarily down.If you wish to make a year end donation, please use our Gofundme campaign.  Many...
12/20/2020
Restoring the SS Columbia -Matching Funds

Friends,
Our website is temporarily down.
If you wish to make a year end donation, please use our Gofundme campaign.
Many Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

Built in 1902, Steamer Columbia is truly the last of her kind. The SS Columbia Project is restoring the boat and will return her to the waters as an iconic historic vessel and cultural and educational resource. But we need your help. Time is running out ...

SS Columbia Project
12/01/2020
SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia Project

It's giving Tuesday! We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of critical projects. Every dollar helps- Please donate and share!
charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

It's giving Tuesday!  We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of cri...
12/01/2020
Restoring the SS Columbia -Matching Funds

It's giving Tuesday! We're asking all our friends and supporters to join us in raising matching funds for a pair of critical projects. Every dollar helps- Please donate and share!
charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restoring-the-ss-columbia-matching-funds

Built in 1902, Steamer Columbia is truly the last of her kind. The SS Columbia Project is restoring the boat and will return her to the waters as an iconic historic vessel and cultural and educational resource. But we need your help. Time is running out ...

Detroits Other Rosa Parks: Sarah Elizabeth Ray
10/01/2020

Detroits Other Rosa Parks: Sarah Elizabeth Ray

"Bob-Lo Discrimination Ruled Out" by James M. Haswell. Printed Tuesday, February 3, 1948, by Detroit Free Press.⁠

Here's an excerpt below:⁠

"The Supreme Court by 6 to 2 decision held that the Michigan law forbidding discrimination in public accommodations on grounds of race, color or creed, applies to Bob-Lo boat excursions even though they are foreign commerce."⁠

🗞️ To read the full article, visit our website. LINK IN BIO⁠
.⁠
.⁠
.⁠
⁠#SarahERay #civilrightsactivist #detroit #detroithistory #civilrights #civilrightsmovement #blackhistoryfacts #historyteacher #historyfacts⁠ #injustice #femscholar #blackeducation #educationmatters #racism #detroitsotherrosaparks #blackvotersmatter

Please join us TONIGHT at 7pm for a live virtual benefit reading of Glory Be Columbia: Mistress of the Moonlight written...
09/21/2020

Please join us TONIGHT at 7pm for a live virtual benefit reading of Glory Be Columbia: Mistress of the Moonlight written by Justin Rivers and directed by Michael Joseph Ormond.

You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glory-be-columbia-live-reading-tickets-119701559587

The play explores a woman’s life-long and unique connection to the SS Columbia, one of America’s last day boat steamers as both her older and younger selves act as an archive to Columbia‘s special place in the lives of so many Detroit-area natives. This event is open to the public.

This live reading will feature the talents of Tony Award Nominee, June Gable, Zoe Watkins, and Evan Brubaker. Glory Be Columbia will benefit the SS Columbia Project, a non-profit currently restoring the historic steamer.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glory-be-columbia-live-reading-tickets-119701559587

You Tube Video Preview: https://youtu.be/YDuquCP3Vk8

09/04/2020

We're very happy to share that the Columbia has received two grants in recent weeks:
The Gerry Charitable Trust awarded us $25,000 for restoration work on the boat,
And from the JM Kaplan Fund, $15,000 for general operating support.

Thanks so much to all our supporters!!

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/14/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/13/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters
08/13/2020

Boblo Boats: a Tale of Two Sisters

Fourteen years ago today, Sarah Elizabeth Ray passed away. Our research tells us she was alone and surviving on social security checks. Sadly, this is all too common a story in America.

Sarah was a civil rights pioneer and the matriarch of Detroit’s east side. A strong woman who bore much responsibility on her shoulders. Today let us also remember her love of dance and song. How she could light up a room with her laugh.

Please help us tell Sarah’s story so that she, like the many people who fight to make change in the US, might never be forgotten again.
www.DetroitsOtherRosaParks.com

08/12/2020

This is the raw undedited recording of the event launching Aaron Schillinger's short video "Sarah Elizabeth Ray: The Rosa Parks of SS Columbia" from July 21, 2020. The recording includes a showing of Aaron's short. Action starts at about 3 minutes 30 seconds.

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...

Address

C/o Village Alliance, 8 E 8th Street, #1C
New York, NY
10003

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when SS Columbia Project posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to SS Columbia Project:

Videos


Comments

I would love to know current information about this boat. I would love to see a current day picture also.
please google edgraves overcoming obstacles in the south, founder ON TTRACC BIBLE BUSINESS COLLEGE
SS Columbia made a brief appearance on New York Yankees baseball tonight. Yanks are playing the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field tonight. This flashed by as they went to break.
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.